As a partner organisation for Out of Bounds, a research project linking poetry, place and identity in the 21st Century, we would like to share with our readers some recent updates. Out of Bounds continues the work which started with the anthology, Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets (eds James Procter and Gemma Robinson), published by Bloodaxe in 2012.
In September, a young person’s poetry competition will be launched. Open to all 11 to 17-year-olds and themed around the Scottish Makar Jackie Kay’s poem ‘In My Country’, a team of judges led by Jackie and Malika Booker will select winning entries that reflect the rich tapestries of the UK as seen by its children. Further details, including a link to the online entry form, can be found here.
Catalysing further debate into poetry, ethnicity and place, the Out of Bounds activities and resources pack has emerged from the project and the team are keen to get it into the hands of more inspirational teachers and librarians. Designed with not only the English curriculum in mind, but subjects such as History, Geography and Citizenship, the pack makes an invaluable resource for those wishing to further explore themes raised in the Out of Bounds anthology. If you’d like to request a free copy, please sign up at the website.
In June, Dr Gemma Robinson and Kayo Chingonyi led a twilight CPD event at the British Library, with discussion centring around the increasing importance of the timely issues raised by the project. Practical writing exercises were shared so that teachers and students alike might take up the editors’ ‘invitation to make a map – an alternative A-Z of poetic Britain.’
Those interested in finding out more about, and getting involved with, the Out of Bounds project are encouraged to sign up to the mailing list at: https://outofbounds.digital/#/contact