Lone (& not so lone) Poet Project

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The Lone Poet is back this year, with a twist! you may participate in one of TWO ways:

  • share a short video reciting an original poem from home
  • or add your name to a list of poets to read in-person at the McConnell Library on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 6:30 pm

The in-person event will have a limited number of live reading spots. It will also showcase the collection of pre-recorded poets sharing from home.

A final compilation video of both the live readings and the at-home videos will be shared via Facebook live following the in-person event.

All poetry must be original and appropriate for all-ages viewing.

For video submissions:

Send your poetry video to Molly MacNeil by Friday, April 22, 2022

To present your poetry live in-person:

Email Molly MacNeil if you are interested in reading in-person at the McConnell Library on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Guidelines for submitting a video to the Lone (& not so lone) Poet Project:

  • Video submissions will be reviewed by library staff.
  • One video submission per person.
  • Video submissions cannot be longer than 5 minutes.
  • By submitting a video, you grant the Cape Breton Regional Library the right to share on our media platforms. Though published by CBRL, ownership of original work remains with the creator.
  • Submitting a video does not guarantee it will be posted.

Tips to help film your video on your phone:

  1. Prepare the Phone
    • Storage – make sure you have enough storage capacity on your phone.
    • Battery – charge your batteries!
    • Airplane mode
    • Tripod
    • Horizontal – always shoot horizontally with your phone
    • Microphone
  2. Set the Scene
    • Find a quiet place
    • Light should be behind the camera, facing the subject
    • Tidy the frame
  3. Do a Test
    • Sound
    • Video
  4. B-Roll
    • Get creative
    • Have fun
  5. Transfer your video to editing software or share if ready.

For more video assistance you can contact Molly MacNeil .

Watch last year’s Lone Poet project for inspiration!