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On a visit to her homeland of Guyana, Grace Nichols recalls some vivid memories from her childhood that have influenced her writing. She remembers a particular preacher's sermon that made her giggle, and which later inspired her to write the poem 'Be a Butterfly'.
This clip is from:
Poetry Backpack: The poetry of Grace Nichols
First broadcast:
13 June 1997

Classroom Ideas

Could be used as a starting point for a piece of creative writing based on the poem. Grace Nichols talks of the memories that formed the basis of the poem and the students could be set the task of writing the events from her point of view, bringing to life her suppressed laughter.

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