In 1971, English teacher Chris Searle was sacked from a school in Stepney for publishing his students’ poems about their perspectives on the world. Outraged by this, his students, joined by others from local schools, went on strike and marched from the East End to Trafalgar Square to demand justice.
Fifty years later, Chris and his pupils, with historians and grassroots activists, reflect on Stepney then and now, student strikes then and now, and discuss the continuing radical potential and nature of poetry.
The afternoon will end with performances from East End’s young and budding poets.
Speakers include Chris Searle, Alan Gilbey, Tony Harcup, Judith Suissa, Ken Worpole, Julie Begum, Rob Waters, Angela Saunders, Alan Dein, Nadia Valman with poets Dillon Kalyabe and Becksy Becks.
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