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A Pause – a lockdown poem for Nottingham

Date published: 2 Dec 2020

Posted by: Joe Pick

City Arts presents 'A Pause' a lockdown poem for Nottingham

Created during lockdown, this crowd-sourced poem captures how we felt when the world paused.

Nottingham poet Panya Banjoko based the poem on contributions from ninety-three Nottingham residents, spanning all ages. Panya took the themes for their submission and used them as the basis for a new poem for the city. It is read by 31 of the contributors.

A Pause - a lockdown poem for Nottingham | Written by Panya Banjoko

The video will premiere at 12:30pm on Friday 4th December 2020.

Listen to Panya talking about the process of writing ‘A Pause’:


About Panya Banjoko

Panya Banjoko is a writer, poet, PhD Researcher at Nottingham Trent University and founder of Nottingham Black Archive.

Panya has performed widely, including the 2012 Olympic Games, and as part of the award winning film, Brit I Am, directed by Andi Osho, and as part of a BBC Documentary based on the Olympian Jamie Baulch. In 2008, Women in the Arts awarded Panya Outstanding Achievement in poetry and in 2016 C-Hub Magazine awarded her Best Performer.

Visit Panya’s website

About Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom offers people aged 55+ a chance to take part in writing and poetry workshops. Run by professional writers, the workshops take place in community venues across Nottingham.

City Arts is working with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature & Nottingham City Libraries to bring this project to you. It is supported by Celebrating Age – a fund from Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation.