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Untold Stories: Poetry at English Heritage

Untold Stories – Poetry at English Heritage took place in the autumn of 2020. Through new commissions, a poetry exchange and a public competition the programme allowed us to experience English Heritage sites in new ways and offered opportunities for everyone to explore our past through poetry. The programme was co-curated by Jacob Sam-La Rose, English Heritage’s Poet in Residence. This digital anthology brings together a collection of works written as part of the programme. It features poems written in Shout Out Loud workshops led by Malika Booker; as part of the Untold Stories Poetry Competition; and by commissioned poets Esme Allman, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa and Jacob Sam-La Rose. english-heritage.org.uk/untold-stories

Untold Stories – Poetry at English Heritage took place in the autumn of 2020. Through new commissions, a poetry exchange and a public competition the programme allowed us to experience English Heritage sites in new ways and offered opportunities for everyone to explore our past through poetry. The programme was co-curated by Jacob Sam-La Rose, English Heritage’s Poet in Residence.

This digital anthology brings together a collection of works written as part of the programme. It features poems written in Shout Out Loud workshops led by Malika Booker; as part of the Untold Stories Poetry Competition; and by commissioned poets Esme Allman, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa and Jacob Sam-La Rose.

english-heritage.org.uk/untold-stories

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The Wise Tree<br />

eden (5–8 age group)<br />

In the deep dark woods I have a favourite tree,<br />

It has roots which look like dinosaur feet,<br />

and tip tops of branches which are too tall to see,<br />

It looks so old,<br />

It seems so wise,<br />

If it could speak<br />

Would it answer my cries?<br />

“Hey kid<br />

Don’t be afraid,<br />

Everything will be okay,<br />

I have stood here for 200 years,<br />

And seen,<br />

World War 1 and World War 2,<br />

The Gre<strong>at</strong> Depression,<br />

The Spanish Flu,<br />

The Holocaust and the Iraq War,<br />

9/11 and people being poor,<br />

Covid-19 is scary and sad,<br />

But it will pass,<br />

It’s not so bad,<br />

One day soon it will be gone,<br />

Today will be history,<br />

And life will go on. ”<br />

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