Poetry and racism (date: 2/4)

Some of our teacher colleagues have asked us for poetry teaching resources which tackle racism. Here’s what we have currently, and we are currently working on commissioning more.

  • ​This poem ‘You’re Not Black‘ was one of the top 15 winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award last year (Amy was just 13 when she wrote it) 
  • This is a SLAMbassadors winning poem which deals with similar themes but in spoken word
  • Although not strictly about race, this resource might help your students explore identity through spoken word
  • Here are some writing exercises based on Martin Luther King’s speeches.
  • And finally, ‘After the Formalities‘ by Anthony Anaxagorou is a tour de force! Anthony came up through our SLAMbassadors programme as a young writer, and he’s since published and performed widely, been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and runs a poetry press. He is Cypriot-British and explores his identity so brilliantly in ‘After the Formalities’.