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Jackie Kay visits FURD's Arthur Wharton Archive

As part of One Game, One Community weeks of action in football, Sheffield United teamed up with Off the Shelf, Sheffield's festival of words, to commission award-winning writer Jackie Kay MBE to write a poem about kicking racism out of football. Jackie read her poem on the pitch before kick-off at the Sheffield United v Portsmouth match on 29th October, and it will remain a permanent feature at the ground.

When FURD heard she'd been inspired to write a poem about Arthur Wharton, we invited her to visit our Arthur Wharton Archive before the match, part of our Resources and Information Centre at the U-Mix Centre, a short walk from United's home on Bramall Lane. The day after the premiere of the FURD-commissioned film 'The Arthur Wharton Story', Jackie treated staff to an impromptu rehearsal of her Wharton-themed poem, 'Here's My Pitch', and after a cup of tea and some deliberation about who to support, left us well dressed in a Sheffield United scarf borrowed from one of our volunteers.

Follow the links below to: the rehearsals on our Youtube channel; a sound recording of the second rehearsal; and a Guardian article about the poem.

A team of FURD workers and volunteers were at the match distributing free 'Blades Against Racism' team posters and Let's Kick Racism Out of Football stickers and magazines to fans in support of Action Weeks.

Jackie Kay at FURD (Click for full size pop-up)
Jackie Kay rehearsing at the FURD library. Photo by Tracy Litterick.
Jackie Kay and the Arthur Wharton exhibition (Click for full size pop-up)
Jackie Kay and FURD's Arthur Wharton exhibition. Photo by Tracy Litterick
FURD volunteers at the match (Click for full size pop-up)
FURD volunteers at the match. Photo by Tracy Litterick.

External links

Link to an external website Guardian article by Jackie Kay
Link to an external website Youtube - FURD
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Resources

Here's My Pitch by Jackie Kay
Arthur Wharton Poem - Reading by Jackie kay 2.WMA (0.26Mb)
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