Commonwealth Poets United is an international exchange between six Scottish poets and poets from six Commonwealth nations: Canada, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa. It will establish relationships between artists, organisations and communities through a culturally enriching poetry exchange. You can read more about Commonwealth Poets United here.
Tanya Shirley, who lives in Jamaica, came to Scotland as part of the exchange trip. She visited the Scottish Poetry Library in early March 2014. While visiting, she spent time discussing her work with SPL programme manager and fellow poet JL Williams. Tanya read poems about her great-grandmother’s funeral and her gun-toting grandfather. The poems, like Tanya’s conversation, are full of life and laughter. The poetry opens the door on facets of Jamaican life.
Recorded in association with StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival at StAnza 2014.