• Classroom Resources
  1. 'My Sparrow Gran' by Berlie Doherty (dramatisation and analysis)

    Duration: 00.59

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    Berlie Doherty reads one of her poems and explains the metaphor of a sparrow.

  2. 'Pinda Cake' by Valerie Bloom (poem only)

    Duration: 02.30

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    A performance poem using Jamaican patois.

  3. 'Red Running Shoes' by Jackie Kay (poem only)

    Duration: 01.25

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    Poet Jackie Kay performs her poem 'Red Running Shoes'.

  4. 'Sea Timeless Song' by Grace Nichols (dramatisation and analysis)

    Duration: 02.23

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    Poet Grace Nichols speaks about her inspirations for writing poetry.

  5. 'Season Sketch' by Berlie Doherty (dramatisation and analysis)

    Duration: 02.24

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    Berlie Doherty describes the creation of her poem 'Season Sketch'.

  6. 'Stormman' by Grace Nichols (introduction and poem)

    Duration: 02.09

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    Grace Nichols introduces and reads aloud her poem 'Stormman'.

  7. 'The Door' by Miroslav Holub (poem only)

    Duration: 01.11

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    Actor Joseph Fiennes performs 'The Door' by Miroslav Holub.

  8. 'The Door' by Miroslav Holub (poem only)

    Duration: 00.47

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    A poem by Miroslav Holub invites the listener to 'go and open the door'.

  9. 'The Dragon Who Ate Our School' by Nick Toczek (poem only)

    Duration: 02.04

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    Nick Toczek performs his poem 'The Dragon Who Ate Our School'.

  10. 'The Field' by Matthew Sweeney (introduction and dramatisation)

    Duration: 01.37

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    Matthew Sweeney reads his own poem 'The Field'.