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British?

Writing prompt for Spoken Word Club, as part of the MA writer /Teacher and Spoken Word Educators programme
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Catherine Brogan

on 22 January 2016

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Transcript of British?

British?
The British - Benjamin Zephaniah

Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And let them settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis together with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestin
Paddy at Last - Cat Brogan

I wore a poppy, to make a point.
Referred to myself as Northern Irish, British or European.
My friend's father made her
Tipex out the Union Jacks
On her Reebok's.
She was named after her dad's friend
Murdered, in his house.
His son saved by a Calpol sleep.

At the Irish language camp,
They tore up the British flag,
To a hormonal applause.
I didn't stick lessons long enough
To get my own Irish dancing dress.
(And you cant spend that on a child).

We never had an aerial, on the bungalow,
Big enough to get RTE.
My diet was BBC,
Across the border was static, fuzzy.
England's reception was clear, shiny.
Never felt Irish,
Till I didn't live there.

England is the neighbour,
That keeps to themselves.
Door locked, alarm on,
Won't let their children play out .

In Ireland we have a tradition,
You leave the door open.
Visiting is a ritual.
Let yourself in the back door.

Don't call in advance,
Bring something, expect tea,

Wash the dishes.

In England I'm the uninvited guest.
The Irish Cat.
Write for 5 minutes on one of the following…

Describe a specific incident when you felt most British

Describe a specific incident when you felt least British

What is most important to you about being British?
Snow Covered Minds

They flew me to Berlin.
The secretary to the Integration
Officer collected me from the airport.
‘You must come back in summer’

she tells me, ‘sorry for the snow.’
I am a Greek-Cypriot Jamaican
funded by the British Council
to perform in a cross-cultural

festival in Schöneberg. But first
I lead a workshop on 'Diversity'.
I try to swallow disappointment
when the surface they serve lunch on

is too high for a wheeled intern.
I make a mixed plate for Denis
from this ‘International Buffet’
where every dish tells a story.

He tells me how his chair
gets stuck in Berlin snow.
I look out the window, it seems
like snow has always covered

Alexanderplatz. I picture myself
in another British Council office
in Paris or Rome and I wonder
when 'Diversity' will mean something

other than just the colour of our skin.

(By Dean Atta)
Brainstorm in a group
What special occasions are British?

What people or objects are British?

Where do/don’t you feel British?
Review your notes and highlight the gems
171 – Raymond Antrobus

I am sitting on the top deck of the 171 bus
and something is meowing and everyone
is pretending not to hear it,
If there is a wild cat in here we’re all dead!

A man has got on board holding a paper bag of market stall fish.

If he sits near me….

He has sat behind me, my Britishness is keeping me quiet and I am wishing I belonged to a language more culturally assertive, but I think it’s ok because I haven’t heard the meowing for a while.

Maybe it was in my head; maybe it was the ghost of the fur coat the woman in front of me is wearing…

Now the bus is passing a car crash and a small Chinese man is standing with two police officers in the middle of the road, he is telling what happened in interpretive dance, as he star jumps into the air to gesture an explosion.
Write a poem to show what being British means to you

In your groups

Read each poem out loud

Give each person some positive feedback

Choose the best lines and

Put them together in a group performance
People Bingo

Find as many people who have family from another country

Or have been to another country.

Write the person's name and the countries that they have a connection with.

First to get 10 different countries from 10 different people, shouts bingo!
These are the ingredients that Benjamin thinks make up Britain.

What ingredients make you and the people in your group?

What do you have in common?
Then add to the melting pot.

Leave the ingredients to simmer.

As they mix and blend, allow their languages to flourish
Binding them together with English.

Allow time to be cool.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future,
Serve with justice
And enjoy.

Note: All the ingredients are equally important. Treating one ingredient better than another will leave a bitter unpleasant taste.

Warning: An unequal spread of justice will damage the people and cause pain. Give justice and equality to all.
Individual performances
British Group Poem

D: I wonder
when 'Diversity' will mean something
other than just the colour of our skin.

C: My friend's father made her
Tipex out the Union Jacks
On her Reebok's.

R: My Britishness is keeping me quiet and I am wishing I belonged to a language more culturally assertive

C: England is the neighbour,
That keeps to themself.

Door locked, alarm on,
Won't let their children play out .

R: As the bus turns into the next lane a fox runs into the middle of the road and we swerve but everyone is remaining British, and I do not mean we were in fox hunting gear, or we started drinking tea, I mean, we are quiet until a man’s phone rings and he picks up
As the bus turns into the next lane a fox runs into the middle of the road
and we swerve but everyone is remaining British, and I do not mean we were in fox hunting gear, or we started drinking tea, I mean, we are quiet until a man’s phone rings and he picks up (“Bonjour’”) speaking French, and I am wondering what’s his excuse for being quiet all this time?

maybe he has been here too long,
maybe that is what he is saying in French right now,
Marcel, Je suis ici depuis trop longtemps,
I have been here too long!

At the next bus stop a man gets on and in an American accent asks
fur coat lady if there is a real place called Pimlico because he can’t believe it

and now… I can hear the meowing
again.
D:(“Bonjour’”)

R: speaking French, and I am wondering what’s his excuse for being quiet all this time?

C: maybe he has been here too long,

D: London is an ‘International Buffet’
where every dish tells a story.
I am a Greek-Cypriot Jamaican
funded by the British Council
to perform in cross-cultural festivals

C: In Ireland we have a tradition,
You leave the door open.

All: I have been here too long!
What do you think British Values are?
democracy
the rule of law
individual liberty
mutual respect
tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Write a metaphor or simile for the British Values
democracy is ...
the rule of law is ...
liberty is ...
mutual respect is ...
tolerance is ...
Spoken Word Club
English 3
Thursday after school

British Values trip to Parliament
Cold as ISIS
British Values Song
Spoken Word Lammas
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