Plea For Poetry

By - John Fox
Written for the National Arts and Media Strategy.

John Fox, the founder and artistic director of WSI, draws from the company's experience and, in a polemical and entertaining style argues strongly that art and poetry have become marginalised in Britain and that our severe cultural recession is far more dangerous than our economic recession. It is urgent that imagination and creativity are placed high on the national agenda and freed from the stodge of an ever-growing art bureaucracy which - at the expense of the majority - perpetuates out-moded ideas and irrelevant categories through an army of consultants, marketing experts, publicists and rigid forward planning imposed from above.

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