I am looking forward to visiting a peace organisation called The Coventry Hiroshima club in Hiroshima next year. Myself and a friend have been active in trying to get peace links developed between Coventry and Hiroshima. Each year members from Coventry and Hiroshima remember each others losses on the anniversary of the bombings of our cities.
Some of my war poems have been inspiring people in Hiroshima (click above link). These poems have also been featuring in workshops at the International Convention Centre Peace Dept in Hiroshima, and I’m pleased they resonate with them and are inspiring responses.
In 2012 I interviewed Hideko Okamoto who was instrumental in forming the Coventry Hiroshima Club and works tirelessly to promote peace and non proliferation of nuclear weapons following the destruction of her city Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.
Since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings their has been over 2050 nuclear tests. Japan currently maintains a peaceful stance against Nuclear weapons and despite tumultuous times lets hope they continue this ambassadorial position of peace.
INTERVIEW WITH HIDEKO OKAMOTO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MepGcKncuqI
FAT MAN – A poem on the bombing of Coventry and it’s legacy http://vimeo.com/70931028
Press release from Hiroshima covering my trip
Above poem features in my collection The year I loved England co written with Joe Horgan available at all good bookshops.