Homerton Fellows’ book shortlisted for prestigious prize

Poster: Teaching Caribbean Poetry

A ground-breaking book authored by several Homerton Fellows has been shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2015.

Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean poet, said “The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.”

This goes some way to explaining the increasing consideration given to Caribbean poets in the UK; and Homerton, through its close ties with the Caribbean Poetry Project - a pioneering collaboration between the Faculty of Education, the Centre for Commonwealth Education, and several universities in the West Indies - is at the forefront of this innovative research.

 Published last year to critical acclaim, Teaching Caribbean Poetry set out to enable secondary-school English teachers and their students to engage with a wide range of poetry, past and present; and to understand how histories of the Caribbean underpin its interpretation. Edited by Homerton Fellow Professor Morag Styles, and also featuring chapters by Fellows David Whitley and Georgie Horrell, the work also explores crucial themes within Caribbean poetry such as inequality, injustice, and racism.

Poster: Teaching Caribean Poetry. Edited by Beverley Bryan and Morag Styles

 The UKLA (UK Literacy Association) Academic Book Award is presented for a recently published academic text about the teaching of English, for teachers, students, consultants or HE tutors. The panel looks for books that will make a lasting, significant contribution to the teaching of English.

 The panel – including teachers, consultants, librarians and HE tutors - discussed a strong field of entries from a range of academic publishers. After much debate, seven titles were chosen for the shortlist. The winner will be announced at the UKLA International Conference at the College for Leadership, Nottingham, July 10th -12th 2015.