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Unwritten Poems

What does it mean to fight for a ‘mother country’ that refuses to accept you as one of its own? The stories of the 15,600 volunteers who signed up to the British West Indian Regiment in the First World War remain largely unknown.

As a collaborative project, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, BBC Contains Strong Language and the British Council, Unwritten Poems invited contemporary Caribbean diaspora poets to write into that vexed space, exploring the nature of war and humanity – as it exists now, and at a time when Britain’s colonial ambitions were still at a peak.

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7 minutes