Poetry Postcards

Poetry Postcards

United Kingdom

Poetry from around the Commonwealth. A poem from every competing nation and territory sent to Glasgow for the 2012 Commonwealth Games, capturing the essence of the Commonwealth.

Episodes

Grenada  

Frank Scott sends a poem from the Spice Islands, Grenada.

Kiribati  

Teweiariki Teaero weaves the Commonwealth together in Kaleidoscope of Hope.

Dominica  

Ras Mo, who works with young people on violence prevention, reads Pink and Blue.

Solomon Islands  

Jully Makini makes fun of young women becoming Westernised in her poem Civilised Girl.

St Lucia  

Vladimir Lucien talks about the ‘cutlery of empire’ in his poem Ebb I.

Australia  

Les Murray talks about his life at Bunyah and reads a new poem The Care.

Brunei Darussalam  

Salwa Mornie explains traditional Bruneian poetry and reads I am.

Guyana  

Sasenarine Persaud explains why so many Guyanese have Indian heritage and reads Georgetown.

Tanzania  

Euphrase Kezilahabi reads his poem Floods.

Tonga  

Loa Niumeitolu explains what the English language means to her in When we tell.

Wales  

Gillian Clarke explains the historical importance of the Welsh language in Britain and reads Border.

Seychelles  

Helda Marie reads Lamentations from Paradise.

Antigua and Barbuda  

Linisa George describes the bold character of Antiguans and reads In the Closet

St Kitts and Nevis  

Kevin Isaac regrets the destruction of nature that comes with development in his poem Landslides.

Lesotho  

Lindelwa Xingwana describes the Mountain Kingdom and reads Let it be known.

Trinidad and Tobago  

Vahni Capildeo talks about the Commonwealth values and reads her poem Utter.

Tuvalu  

Selina Tusitala Marsh reads Tuvalu Blues, a poem about rising sea levels in the Pacific.

Guernsey  

Candy Neubert recalls a specialmoment when she returned home in her poem, privacy.

Malawi  

Jack Mapanje mocks African rulers in his poem When This Carnival Finally Closes.

England  

Jacob Polley from Cumbria reads The North-South Divide.

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