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Cambridge meets the Caribbean

... We never leave,
we always have to go

From 'Checking Out'
by Jamaican Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris


Give the Ball to the Poet has been highlighted in the Guardian as part of their coverage of the CLPE Poetry Award 2015.  It's such  privilege to be included amongst this wonderful list of shortlisted titles.  Congratulations to everyone involved and on the shortlist.  Read the Guardian article here.

BREAKING NEWS - We are delighted to announce that Give the Ball to the Poet, our new Caribbean Poetry Anthology, has been shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2015! 

Jamaica workshops and poetry reading montage for Teaching Caribbean Poetry

Give the ball to the poet reviewed in Carousel magazine. More ...

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A Story I Am In about the poetry of James Berry was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 22nd March and on the BBC website

Presenter: Hannah Lowe
Producer: Emma-Louise Williams

Teaching Caribbean Poetry was shortlisted for the UKLA Academic book of the year ... more

Congratulations to Kei Miller who was awarded the prestigious Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2014 at a lively ceremony held at the Southbank Centre, the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 30th September.  More...

Photographs of the wonderfully colourful and evocative Glasgow and Edinburgh book launches now on the news page.

Give the ball to the poet - Glasgow launch montage - July 2014

Give the BALL to the poet is an exciting new anthology of Caribbean poetry aimed primarily at 11 to 16 age group but with great appeal for all. More ... Book launch: Teaching Caribbean Poetry

Front cover of Teaching Caribbean PoetryOn 29th November the team celebrated the launch of Teaching Caribbean Poetry.  The launch was attended by the editors, Beverley Bryan and Morag Styles, along with special guests Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate and  Sir Andrew Motion, co-founder and director of the Poetry Archive. More ...

All praise to this initiative that aims to free poetry from its tag as 'boring subject’ and relocate it in the hearts and minds of teachers and students as a lifelong gift to be savoured and treasured. Olive Senior, poet

The Caribbean Poetry Project (CPP) was a pioneering collaboration between Cambridge University Faculty of Education, the Centre for Commonwealth Education, and The University of the West Indies at Mona (Jamaica), St Augustine (Trinidad) and Cave Hill (Barbados). The Centre for Commonwealth Education was closed in 2015. The CPP team is grateful for funding from the Commonwealth Education Trust (2010-2014).

Through a joint research and teaching programme, the project encouraged engagement with Caribbean poetry, and improved the teaching and learning of poetry in both British and Caribbean schools.

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Caribbean Poetry Project Team

Photograph taken at the 2012 Conference

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John Agard
Edward Baugh

Kamau Brathwaite
Mervyn Morris
Andrew Motion
Olive Senior
Benjamin Zephaniah