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Caribbean Poetry

Morag Styles has set up a joint project on Caribbean Poetry with the University of West Indies in Jamaica and Trinidad. It is linked to the Poetry Archive and funded by the Centre for Commonwealth Education.

Our brief is to promote achievement through learning and teaching of poetry in schools in the Caribbean and UK and to develop a research strand. To those ends, we intend to construct an interventionist short course on Caribbean poetry for teachers and trainees, which will be devised by poets and leading international educationalists and scholars in the field, to be delivered in Cambridge, Jamaica and Trinidad in 2011.

Outcomes will include refereed journal articles written by participants in Cambridge and the Caribbean, and materials for teachers. One conference or symposium in Cambridge (and, we hope, another in the Caribbean) will be part of the dissemination process in 2012. Advisors to the project include Edward Baugh, Mervyn Morris and Andrew Motion.