James Berry: Windrush songs - Audio


How does a poet represent two distinctly different cultures in their work? How did James Berry interpret his experience and those of other Jamaican’s that migrated to England in the late 1940’s into his writing? James Berry was born in Jamaica in 1924, but moved to England during the wave of immigration from the West Indies led by the Empire Windrush. From a young age Berry had an interest in language, and showed an aptitude for spoken word and through writing soon realised he could explore the world from different perspectives. He became part of a new generation of post-colonial poets who drew inspiration from their country of birth in addition to British culture. This album focuses on a selection of poems from his collection titled Windrush songs. This material forms part of The Open University course A230 Reading and studying literature.


  • James Berry

    James Berry

    19/10/2011 Duración: 05min

    An introduction to the poet, his life and how his experiences influenced his work.

  • Empire Day

    Empire Day

    19/10/2011 Duración: 01min

    James Berry reads Empire Day.

  • Englan Voice

    Englan Voice

    19/10/2011 Duración: 01min

    James Berry discusses language and reads ‘Englan Voice’.

  • Reminiscence Voice

    Reminiscence Voice

    19/10/2011 Duración: 01min

    James Berry reads ‘Reminiscence Voice’.

  • Reasons for leaving Jamaica

    Reasons for leaving Jamaica

    19/10/2011 Duración: 02min

    James Berry explains his reasons for leaving Jamaica then reads the poem.

  • To Travel this Ship

    To Travel this Ship

    19/10/2011 Duración: 03min

    James Berry discusses crime in Jamaica and reads ‘To Travel this Ship’.