14: Life on the Home Front

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14 is a series of creative short films by Junction 15 in response to the poems of Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate 2013-14, Tom Wyre on the theme of life on the Home Front in WWI.

This mobile magnetic collection of poems and short films is a combination of live action, archive footage and superb animation filmed by Emmy Award winners Junction 15 and with students from the BA(Hons) Animation and BA(Hons) Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making course at Staffordshire University. The full film can be viewed here.

The incisive creations of Tom Wyre weave their message through both the home and battle fronts of the First World War. Centred around the events of countries in turmoil and family life inspired by the Staffordshire village of Salt.

“I was delighted to be asked to produce the poems originally as part of the county’s plans to commemorate the Great War. The videos and animation have really brought the poems to life. Feedback on the exhibition has been very positive too, with the poems continuing to connect with people on many levels both emotionally and intellectually.” – Tom Wyre, Poet


The tour will be at the following venues:

Lichfield Record Office | 6th June – 11th July

Perton Library | 11th July – 17th September

Newcastle Museum & Art Gallery | 17th September – 30th September

Codsall Library | 30th September – 14th November

Penkridge Library | 14th November – 2nd January 2017

Cannock Library | 2nd January 2017 – 6th February 2017

For more information on the exhibition, details of dates and venues visit

You can read more about 14 here