Black History Month 2021

October is Black History Month, and to celebrate the occasion, Poems on the Underground have released a selection of poems by Black poets with close links to England, Scotland, North America, the Caribbean and Africa.

The list includes much-cherished writers including Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Lorna Goodison, Benjamin Zephaniah, Langston Hughes, Jackie Kay, James Berry, Grace Nichols and many more.  The range of poets includes Nobel Prizewinners, poet laureates and performance artists, who in their poems all reflect in different ways on their individual experience.

All the poems in this collection have been featured inside train carriages on London’s Underground network, meaning that they are potentially seen by an estimated three million people daily who travel by tube.

Poems on the Underground has been offering poetry to London’s tube train travellers since 1986. The Poetry Society works with Poems on the Underground to promote what is one of Britain’s most successful public art projects. 

The posters are designed by Tom Davidson, and the project is generously supported by London Underground (TfL), Arts Council England and the British Council.

Individual posters can be ordered through The Poetry Society shop, with charges for postage and packing only. Poems are selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes.

The Poetry Society will be highlighting the work of Black poets, past and present, through Black History Month on its social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Read Poems on the Underground’s Black History Month leaflet

Read more about Poems on the Underground and browse the poster collection

1 October 2021