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Edexcel adopts poet Yogesh Patel's free poetry anthology of poems UNSEEN for National Curriculum
Endorsed for GCSE, A-Level Literature and A-Level Language, it can be downloaded from their website free. The anthology is also used by the workshops and universities for their courses.
"I generally face great apathy from the establishment, when I promote the Indian diaspora writers and poets. Examination boards also need to look beyond obvious. Daljit Nagra explains it better."
"Edexcel," insists poet Yogesh Patel MBE, "has stood out as an exemplary and sincere body against the culprits named in the report who sadly still would not report this excellent anthology! Edexcel did not work in a response to the said report; they have been working with me long before the report came out to improve things to negate what Nagra has mentioned."
So what is it, which is so unique, that has happed? After the rigorous work with Edexcel, the prepared anthology was scrutinised. So impressed was the team led by Katy Lewis, Head of English, Drama and Languages, at Edexcel, that they have now approved it not only for GCSE but also for A-Level English Literature and A-Level English Language. "This is exemplary, and we must celebrate Edexcel's positive action in a belief that there are many out there who would go the extra mile to improve diversity and just not talk big and then block the work like mine,' adds Yogesh. "My foreword in this anthology discusses the premise and deliberations more aptly, and there is plenty there to write your story for reporting. I hope the media will talk to these poets and the poems to relate to everyday experiences they face and take courage to negate a systematic apathy prevailing."
The collection is edited by Yogesh Patel and apart from Steven O'Brien and Sarah Wardle, features many poets from the South-Asian diaspora.
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Its cover in itself is a story for reporting: It plays with the metaphor of colour-blindness. While it is serious about the colour vision test, it also creates a powerful message.
Yogesh Patel MBE