Telling Stories - Campus Poems

The work of current Loughborough student Ada Ughanwa, a recipient of the 2018/19 Arts Scholarship in Creative Writing, who studies Sociology with Criminology will be displayed around campus.


As part of Black History Month we have a project called ‘Telling Stories – campus poems’ which is launching on campus this week. Poet Indigo Williams has curated a collection of poems by Black British Poets which will be displayed in various locations across campus this month.

Telling Our Stories features 11 poems by contemporary black British poets curated by writer Indigo Williams. From Zimbabwe to Nigeria to London, the poems cover themes of ethnicity, family, home, and what it means to be a black British person.

Each poem presents a distinct voice that shares stories of the past, present and future that have influenced who they are and how they see themselves.

The collection will be displayed across the campus throughout October, with poems situated in bus stop shelters, stairwells, Student Village noticeboards and common areas, as well as on digital screens.

Tara Nadi, Chair of LSU’s Ethnic Minorities Network commented: “I’m so happy to see the poems displayed around campus, as I feel they help give Black History Month at Loughborough a real voice.

“These poems have all been written by Black poets, and it’s an honour to support their work. I hope that everyone who comes across the poems will take a few seconds to read them, as each of them explains an aspect of Black life and history in a talented way.”

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This project is part of a series of events and activities taking place to raise awareness of Black History Month. Loughborough University, in partnership with Loughborough Students' Union, is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout October. The full events programme aims to honour the contributions, achievements and histories of black people among our staff, students and wider community. More information can be found here.