arise! is a poem by Paul Summers, published to celebrate the rich history and traditions of the Durham Miners’ Gala and the resurgent spirit of socialism in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. We want to make a film of the poem for the labour movement, and we need to raise a minimum of £1500 to make it.
It's wonderful to see the proud history of the Durham Miners' Gala represented in this powerful poem. Paul Summers has managed to capture the spirit of the Miners' Gala and its central place in our movement's mission to achieve 'victory for the many, and not the few'
- Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party.
The film-poem of arise! will celebrate the rich history of miners and the Durham Miners' Gala, the collective spirit of the working class which lies at the heart of trade union history and which is vital to the future of the labour movement and the next Labour government. Reflection is an essential ingredient in learning (and teaching): arise! is, among its many other attributes, a belting education resource.
- Jim Mowatt, Director of Education, Unite the Union.
Combining film with poetry can be a powerful way of sparking an audience's imagination. I hope it will have a broad appeal, to the audience we need to persuade to ensure a Labour victory in the next general election. I support this exciting project from Culture Matters.
- Ken Loach, film director.
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Paul Summers is a Northumbrian poet, performer and literary activist.