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Poet Matthew Sweeney reads his own poem 'A Town Called Heaven'. In it a character is making his way from the country to a town called Heaven, which a voice says is 'one mile' away. Initially running to get there, he slows down to appreciate his surroundings and muse on what a town called Heaven would be like. On arrival he finds it to be much like his own home town.
English Express
This clip is from:
English Express, Ideas and Imagination - Creating Worlds
First broadcast:
3 March 1992

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to support the writing of a description of a journey to a favourite town or place. Ask the children to describe what their ideal town would have, like the poet suggests '…free sweets and model trains.' Write poems to perform and combine them with images for either live presentations or filmed ones similar to the clip.