Freedom? – A film by poet Kate Fox and Nottingham residents

Date published: 7 Jun 2021

Posted by: Joe Pick


Created by poet and broadcaster Kate Fox, this beautiful film features Nottingham residents’ thoughts on the theme of Freedom. We worked with photographer Colin Potsig to capture images of Nottingham and our local contributors.

Freedom? will premier online at 6pm on Friday 11 June 2021.

During lockdown, participants of our Words of Wisdom programme joined online writing workshops led by Kate. Unlike previous Words of Wisdom projects, exclusively for people 55+, these sessions were intergenerational. Young local writers also took part.

The group took inspiration from Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night & Sunday Morning; linking protagonist Arthur Seaton’s rebellions against an oppressive society to the necessary, but nonetheless frustrating, impact of COVID-19 restrictions. They wrote about places in Nottingham that are meaningful to them, many of which feature in Colin’s photographs.

Thanks to our wonderful contributors: Janice Owen, Matteo Everett, Janet Howson, John Humphreys, Paul Warren, Barbara Hallam and Charlie-Dawn Sadler.

About Kate Fox

Kate Fox works mainly as a stand-up poet and as a broadcaster and speaker.

She’s also a gentle activist. Kate campaigns for the voices of Northerners, the working class, women and the neurodiverse to be heard. She does this by teaching and running workshops in schools and community groups – and by speaking, writing, raising awareness and tutting at injustice and inequality.

About Coling Potsig

Colin Potsig was born and raised in the North West of England but is now based in the North East. In his late 30’s Colin was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. He has found that this diagnosis has helped his creative output.

Originally a landscape photographer, Colin later found his interest piqued by the human face. Portraiture became his main interest. This led to two exhibitions of the various and varied locals of the Allen valleys and to his two ‘You, Me and Autism’ projects. Funded by the Arts Council England, they have been successfully exhibited around the country.

About Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom offered 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 worked 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.