As part of Black History Month, Olsen House School have been studying Black History in Liverpool. Staff and students enjoyed a visit from poet, Levi Tafari. Levi spent the day at Olsen House School, sharing his passion for, and knowledge of, Black History in Liverpool.
Levi is one of the country’s leading urban dub poets and as such has worked all over the world. He is this month working with Benjamin Zephaniah on a poetry evening in Liverpool for Black history month. His work is a fusion of black history awareness /politics and environmental issues. His poem ‘plastic fantastic ‘came out long before others were raising awareness about the horrors of plastic.
He has visited the school twice prior to this visit to address issues around race and heritage etc. through poetry.
Each class spent their English lesson with Levi. He engaged them with poetry, and even gave then a preview of his newest poems, some of which are so new, they have not even been published yet!
Staff and students alike were enthralled by Levi’s enthusiasm and knowledge. His poems varied in topics offering something for everyone. He encouraged the students to join in with his poems and the group discussions were engaging and exciting.
We look forward to welcoming Levi back to Olsen House very soon to help some of our KS4 students with their very own poetry writing!