Our Rotherham film poem commission

I’m so proud to have written this poem with Rotherham Young Writers celebrating Rotherham for Yorkshire Day 2020 commissioned by RMBC. And that it’s been made into a film by the brilliant John Slemenek at Studio Bokehgo.

The poem came together through poetry workshopping and note gathering with Rotherham Young Writers, and such were the reams everyone had to say about it, the full version of the poem (hopefully to be recorded soon!) was twice as long as what was possible for the film.


We are incredibly proud to present to you ‘OUR ROTHERHAM, OUR YORKSHIRE’ – a film created with the support of our community to celebrate Yorkshire Day and our town.

Huge thanks going to Studio Bokehgo for their boundless enthusiasm, professionalism and amazing film-making talent. Thanks also to all the fantastic young writers and Vicky from Hive South Yorkshire for their wonderful and inspiring words. Thanks to Gemma from the Button Tin for creating the beautiful banner. And last, but certainly by no means least, thank you to ALL the wonderful people who agreed to take part in the film, you are all truly AWESOME!


Posted by RMBCEvents on Saturday, 1 August 2020

It’s been so lovely to see the emotional responses to the film and the pride people feel for Rotherham that’s reflected so beautifully in it. In recent years, it’s had a lot of bad press weighing it down, but it’s such an amazing town and people, with, as the poem says, so much heritage and natural beauty. Rotherham Young Writers and I are very proud to have represented it.

Thanks to RMBC Events team: Jane, Sarah and all for working with our vision for this poem and trusting us to do Rotherham proud!
We also must thank: Emma Sharpe (REMA), Jen Booth, Tair Rafiq and Karen Eynon for letting us pick their brains!