Britain in Poetry is a new organisation that aims to address the current lack of representation in the media industry of disadvantaged groups.

We aim to provide on-the-job work experience and training to people with disabilities who would ordinarily find it difficult to access traditional work experience placements or training.  We are piloting new ways of working to make this happen.

This first production is focusing on helping people who have experience of mental distress, and brings together people with and without disability to encourage joint working and tackle stigma.

Tony Celner, whose poem, ‘Battle Interlude’ won first prize in the Eighth Army poetry competition on which our first film is based, was very active in supporting people with mental health conditions.  He was manager of the NW London branch of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, which later became Rethink.  The project is a fitting tribute to Tony and his work.

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