Thursday, August 20, 2009

Poetry on the Streets

Next Friday the 28th of August would have been Janet Frame's 85th birthday. As one way of marking this occasion, the Janet Frame estate has approved the release on that day of a poster featuring one of her poems.

Poster company Phantom Billstickers has been carrying out a poetry campaign this year, bringing "Poem Posters to the World".

A news report about the initiative, quotes Jim Wilson, head of Phantom Billstickers:

“In these tough times, we wanted to put some beauty and thoughtfulness back into the streets of New Zealand. We are particularly proud of our national poets, both known and emerging, and we want to help spread their words so everyone can enjoy them.”

Phantom also produced an excellent series of poetry posters in 2006, to mark Montana Poetry Day. A Janet Frame poem (pictured above) also featured on one of those posters.

A launch for the new series of poetry posters will be held next Friday in Christchurch.

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