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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.

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Commissioned<br />

Poems<br />

Selected by Poet-in-Residence Jacob<br />

Sam-La Rose, <strong>English</strong> <strong>Heritage</strong><br />

commissioned poets Esme Allman, Jay<br />

Bernard, Malika Booker, Safiya Kamaria<br />

Kinshasa and Nii Ayikwei Parkes, to write<br />

new poems inspired by <strong>English</strong> <strong>Heritage</strong><br />

sites.<br />

The poets were invited to explore narr<strong>at</strong>ives<br />

th<strong>at</strong> centred or examined the absence of<br />

Black people <strong>at</strong> their chosen site, whether<br />

historical or contemporary, real or imagined.<br />

Their poems map a literary journey across<br />

space and time, from the Cold War Bunker in<br />

York to Appuldurcome House on the Isle of<br />

Wight, and from 800 AD to the present day.<br />

Each poet has written an introduction to their<br />

poem which offers the reader an insight into<br />

their own poetic process and the histories,<br />

stories and experiences th<strong>at</strong> have led their<br />

writing during this commission.<br />

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