An exciting new anthology of Caribbean poetry aimed primarily at 11- to 16-year-olds but with great appeal for all ages. Many well-known and loved Caribbean poets will be found within its pages, while also discovering lively new voices. With an emphasis on the music of Caribbean poetry as it is spoken, this collection ranges from the light-hearted and lyrical to the serious and thought-provoking.

Key Features

  • Published in time for the Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, 2014), the anthology features some outstanding poetry on sporting themes
  • Edited by Dr Georgie Horrell and Professor Morag Styles - University of Cambridge, UK, and Dr Aisha Spencer - University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, each of whom has extensive experience of working with poetry and young people
  • The foreword to the anthology is written by prizewinning Guyanese-British poet Grace Nichols, and some of her works are also included in the volume
  • Contains several works specially commissioned for the book, including a tribute to Usain Bolt by Mervyn Morris
  • Illustrated throughout in full colour by children’s illustrator Jane Ray
  • The wide variety of language ranges from Creole to Standard English and the power of music and performance is a constant element
  • The anthology contains a useful glossary for readers less familiar with varieties of Caribbean language
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