Despite a fast-paced, changing news agenda, the same key phrases and buzzwords appear year after year among the headlines, read out by newsreaders or posted on social media channels. But what do these terms really mean, and how should they be interpreted in the context of current issues? Common Language will see a poet and an activist or academic paired together to unpack the meaning behind current affairs terminology and their usage among societal issues of today.

Produced by Poet in the City, Common Language is a new digital programme with an initial series spanning four episodes, broadcast live and hosted on YouTube. Each 30 minute conversation will be interspersed by poetry that serves as both an entry point and a response to the topic in hand. The speakers were chosen for their contribution and work within these fields and the poets to share their lived experiences through spoken word.

Episode 2: Borders

Why do borders exist, who gets to draw them, and what inequalities are being created as immigration policy becomes stricter? We hear from academic Maya Goodfellow and Ugandan poet Nick Makoha on the politics, the violence and the 'othering' of international border policy.


Watch Episode 1: Universal Basic Income here

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