Poems on the Underground (99) – set of six posters


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The summer set of Poems on the Underground is a celebration of Caribbean poetry, on the occasion of Windrush 70, with poems by James Berry, Andrew Salkey, Jean Binta Breeze, Lorna Goodison, Kwame Dawes and Grace Nichols, The poems reflect on common themes: the dream of awakening in a new world of hope and prosperity; the complex realities of life in the Caribbean and in Britain; the poets’ ties to the old world and the new. Poems will be displayed on London Underground trains in late June-July for four weeks. The poems:

A dream of leavin by James Berry (1924-2017) James Berry spent his childhood in a village in Jamaica, and came to Britain in 1948, working as a telephonist and publishing several volumes of poetry for adults and children. He edited the first collections of poems by British/West Indian poets, and was a much-loved figure as poet and reader.   

History and Away by Andrew Salkey  (1928-1995) Andrew Salkey, raised in Jamaica, later attended the University of London and became part of the London community of emerging West Indian writers as author, anthologist and editor. He contributed to the BBC as an interviewer, critic, and author of many radio plays and features.

dreamer by Jean Binta Breeze Brought up by her grandparents in rural Jamaica, Jean Binta Breeze studied at the Jamaican School of Drama and is a popular poet and performer both in Jamaica and England, where she has lived since the 1970s, Her most recent collection is The Arrival of Brighteye and Other Poems,

Dew by Kwame Dawes Recognised as one of the Caribbean’s leading writers, Kwame Dawes has written over thirty books. His collection Wheels includes a series of poems paying homage to the people of Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. (out of stock)

I Am Becoming my Mother by Lorna Goodison. Born in Kingston in 1947, Lorna Goodison is a much-published poet, short story writer, and artist. She taught at the University of Michigan, and now divides her time between Canada and Jamaica, where she has recently been appointed Poet Laureate.

Epilogue by Grace Nichols Born in Guyana in 1950, Grace Nichols has lived in Britain since 1977.  A prize-winning poet, children’s author and novelist, she is widely recognised for her inspiring readings and the range and charm of her writings.

Posters designed by Tom Davidson.

We charge £9.99 for a full set of posters, for postage and packaging only. Delivered rolled in a poster tube.

‘Dew’ and ‘Epilogue’ are now out of stock. Your order will include the four remaining posters. Order individual posters from this set here.