Tough Words for Powerful Things

“A tough life needs a tough language—and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers—a language powerful enough to say how it is.”

—  Jeanette Winterson

I have just discovered the searing, startling literature of Jeanette Winterson (so, so late to the party that the lights are on and everyone has stumbled blinking into the dawn) –  and in line with her excellent quote above, I am posting some great spoken word – poetry and prose – that offerspowerful reflections on migration, belonging and Britishness.

Mathematics, by poet Hollie McNish

The British by poet Benjamin Zephaniah

and the Migrant Manifesto by writer, commentator, activist (and my favourite football pundit), Musa Okwonga.

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