New online spoken word resources launched

We are very excited to announce a new set of online resources featuring Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish, Joelle Taylor and Dizraeli performing their own versions of canonical page poems. 

Page Fright uses hip hop and spoken word to introduce canonical poetry to young people. Poems by the likes of Tennyson and Shelley can be hard for students to relate to. Page Fright, uses films of high profile spoken word artists performing their own work alongside historical poems, to make page poetry newly accessible.

The Page Fright films are accompanied by writing resources – inspiring students to write poems in response to the work they’ve seen, and even produce their own Page Fright film. 

‘It’s just what we need, especially considering the new GCSE requirements. Igniting the pre-20th Century poems for students is a must.’


Benjamin Zephaniah performs Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night as an impassioned plea.

Hollie McNish talks about ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade, and how you can discuss poems that you disagree with.

Joelle Taylor explores the similarities between hip hop and Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum est’.

While, for Dizraeli, Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias’ crystallized his thoughts about hip-hop bling, transience and inspired a response rap about a dystopian future. 

Page Fright has been generously supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation.