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Postgraduate student’s image to feature in Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations Tuesday 13 October 2015

An image by Liverpool Hope student Joannah Pickstone has been selected to light up Blackpool promenade as part of a National Poetry Day campaign.

To mark the 21st anniversary of National Poetry Day, leading graphic artist Anthony Burrill invited the public to ‘make like a poet’ and brighten Blackpool Illuminations with their creative works.

Contributions came from across the country, after a campaign featuring Professor Stephen Hawking, Sean Bean, Samantha Morton, Juliet Stevenson, Neil Nunes and poet Aoife Mannix.

Joannah, who completed her BA in Education and Fine Art at Hope and is now undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, submitted a picture of her baby daughter to represent what to ‘love like a poet’ meant to her.

She said: “The winning image is part of a series I took for my degree and of my daughter Charlotte. In the series, I took pictures of her from an angle very seldom thought of to explore. The images are about her love of experiencing the world and not being scared to do so. I didn't expect to see my work in lights and it was so surreal.”

The trainee teacher’s picture will be displayed on the Illuminations until Sunday 8th November, alongside two others selected by professional poet Joseph Coelho.

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