These recordings come from a special recording for the poetry archive
  • 1 -
    "Caribbean Playground Song"

  • 2 -
    "Jamaican Song"

  • 3 -

  • 4 -
    "Seeing Granny"

  • 5 -
    "Rain Friend"

  • 6 -

  • 7 -
    "Everyday Music"

  • 8 -

  • 9 -
    "Earthworm and Fish"

  • 10 -
    "A Nest Full of Stars"

  • 11 -

  • 12 -
    "A Story about Afiya"

  • 13 -
    "When I Dance"

  • 14 -
    "The Barkday Party"

  • 15 -
    "Action Images"

  • 16 -
    "Scribbled Notes..."

  • 17 -
    "The Adding Up of Birthdays"

  • 18 -
    "Somewhere! Somewhere!"

  • 19 -
    "Wild Whistling Woman"

  • 20 -
    "Skeleton Sisters"

  • 21 -
    "The Quarrel"

  • 22 -
    "Together"

  • 23 -
    "Singing with Recordings"

  • 24 -
    "Postcard Poem: Solo"

  • 25 -
    "Duppy Dance"

  • 26 -
    "Getting Bigger Rap"

  • 27 -
    "Mek Drum Talk, Man"

  • 28 -
    "People Equal"

  • 29 -
    "What Do We Do with a Variation?"

  • 30 -
    "Okay, Brown Girl, Okay"

  • 31 -
    "Everywhere Faces Everywhere"

  • 32 -
    "Teach the Making of Summer"

  • 33 -
    "Listn Big Brodda Dread, Na!"

  • 34 -
    "Innercity Youth Walks and Talks"

  • 35 -
    "The Boy-Don Rap"

  • 36 -
    "A Toast for Everybody Who is Growin"

  • 37 -
    "Gobble-Gobble Rap"

  • 38 -
    "Light Fabric"

  • 39 -
    "Bye Now"

  • 40 -
    "Goodbye Now"

Bibliography
  • "A Thief in the Village" A Thief in the Village (stories for children), London, Hamish Hamilton, 1987
  • "The Girls and Yanga Marshall" The Girls and Yanga Marshall: four stories (for children), London, Longman, 1987
  • "When I Dance " When I Dance (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1988 - out of print
  • "Anancy Spiderman " Anancy Spiderman (for children), London, Walker Books, 1988 - out of print
  • "Isn’t My Name Magical?" Isn't My Name Magical? (for children), Longman/BBC, 1990 - out of print
  • "The Future-Telling Lady " The Future-Telling Lady (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1991 - out of print
  • "Ajeemah and His Son " Ajeemah and His Son (for children), USA, Harper Collins, 1992
  • "Celebration Song " Celebration Song (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1994
  • "Classic Poems to Read Aloud " Classic Poems to Read Aloud (editor), London, Kingfisher, 1995
  • "Playing a Dazzler " Playing a Dazzler (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1996 - out of print
  • "Don’t Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird " Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird (for children), USA, Simon and Schuster, 1996
  • "Everywhere Faces Everywhere" Everywhere Faces Everywhere (for children), Simon and Schuster, 1997
  • "First Palm Trees " First Palm Trees (for children), Simon and Schuster, 1997
  • "Around the World in 80 Poems " Around the World in 80 Poems (editor - for children), London, Macmillan, 2001
  • "A Nest Full of Stars " A Nest full of Stars (for children), Macmillan, 2002
  • "Only One of Me " Only One of Me (selected poems - for children), Macmillan, 2004
  • "James Berry Reading from his poems for children" James Berry Reading from his poems for children, CD, The Poetry Archive, 2005
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Extras

Interview with James
Distinguished poet, James Berry, often returns to his Jamaican childhood for the sound and subject matter of his poems. In this interview he describes these early influences and how he shapes them into finished pieces.
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