Monthly poem - May 2018


Those elegant folk
Leaning on the ship's rails

In double-breasted suits
Trilby hats evoke

An era of dignity and soul
Hope against hope

For a better life
Work and education would give

A roof over their heads
Where the family could live

Kids standing to attention
Looking straight ahead

In the bleak British streets
Ignorance and degradation

From the landlords of the day
No wish for integration

Sign in the window
Says No Blacks may apply

That was the Fifties
Photos were black and white

Now it's 2018
And the vindictive edicts

From the Home Office
Are seen in broad daylight

The victims of our colonial past
We enslaved with cruel hands

In return they gave us music
Reggae and Steel Bands

Bob Marley was the king
Singing of love and redemption

Bringing people together
Of every race and skin.


Jehane Markham

Photo of Jehane Markham by Heini Schneebeli

Jehane Markham is a true poet...
her poems glow like impressionist paintings.

Adrian Mitchell

Love wells up out of Jehane Markham's work... it made me cry.
Gillian Allnutt

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Jehane Markham
please email

For CV click on link

house image

Norfolk house: Mary MacCarthy

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Jehane Markham Trio
The London Series
Thursday July 5
Caversham Practise
4 Peckwater Street
NW5 2up
Details to tba

Jehane Markham and Donald Gardner
Voices from the floor
Fourth Friday at the Poetry Café
23 November 8pm £8/6
22 Betterton Street
London Wc2H 9BX
020 7420 9888



Masterclass in poetry
Is Paradise Lost?
Sunday 27 May 10.45-4pm, £50
Studio 10 Floor 3 Chocolate Factory
3 Cumberland Road London N22 7SG
info and booking:

“The course was fantastic; the structure and content were stimulating and challenging. We were all incredibly productive.” Alison, workshop student
More testimonials…

North Norfolk, monthly poetry workshop
Saturday 16 June 2-4 pm, £12.00
Hindolveston Village Hall
The Street, Hindolveston NR20 5AS

Autumn North Norfolk, workshops
September 22 / October 13 and November tbc.

Poetry Picnic for workshop students
Saturday 14 July 2-4pm
Hindolveston Village Hall/Orchard