Amir and Haroon Khan back multicultural poetry project

The Bolton News: Amir and Haroon Khan are promoting the Mother Tongue Other Tongue project Amir and Haroon Khan are promoting the Mother Tongue Other Tongue project

BOLTON boxing brothers Amir and Haroon Khan have thrown their weight behind a multicultural poetry project.

Amir described the Mother Tongue Other Tongue project, which gets schoolchildren to write poetry in their non-English native language, or a second language, as a “fantastic project”.

The Olympic silver medallist and world champion said: “This is an initiative which helps to bring better understanding between the many diverse people that make up this great country.

“It’s a chance for us to celebrate multiculturalism and for us to get to know one another even better. Speaking another language is a great asset to have and to express that through poetry shows a really high level of skill.

“It’s something to truly admire because, like boxing, it’s not easy to do. I encourage all the young people to enjoy the competition and to give it a go.”

Haroon Khan represented Pakistan in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he won a bronze medal.

He said: “This is a brilliant competition and one that can help break down barriers. I give my full backing to it and wish everyone competing the very best.

“It’s a chance to be creative and express yourself in your mother tongue or in a language which you are not so familiar with.

“It’s an opportunity for everyone taking part to learn and progress which is really excellent to see.”

Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a Laureate Education Project headed by Carol Ann Duffy, who is also Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The project takes the form of a series of regional competitions, which will be split into two parts.

“Mother Tongue” will see children who do not have English as a first language write about what a lullaby, poem or song in their native language means to them, while as part of “Other Tongue” pupils will create an original poem in a second language that they are learning at school.

Prof Duffy said: “The competition is a unique opportunity for pupils whose first language is not English and those learning another language at school to showcase their creative and linguistic talents and to have their work published in an anthology.”

The project is being run by the university and language education network Routes into Languages.

To find out more visit mtot.org.uk or routesintolanguages.ac.uk/index.html

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11:46am Wed 5 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

It’s nice to see our local fighters
Support poetry from cheeky blighters
If this scheme was around when I was younger
What heights I could’ve reached I wonder
Never mind, all is still not lost for our kids
Rather than computer games or watching vids
They can use skills that really tax their brain
With words that baffle, amuse and surely entertain
It’s nice to see our local fighters Support poetry from cheeky blighters If this scheme was around when I was younger What heights I could’ve reached I wonder Never mind, all is still not lost for our kids Rather than computer games or watching vids They can use skills that really tax their brain With words that baffle, amuse and surely entertain Chrome1
  • Score: -1

1:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

Amir Khan speaks at the pace people read poetry to children.

There was once was a man called Amir.
Who's extramarital activities, are very clear.
His wife doesn't mind,
He likes the white kind
Justin will deleate this out of fear.
Amir Khan speaks at the pace people read poetry to children. There was once was a man called Amir. Who's extramarital activities, are very clear. His wife doesn't mind, He likes the white kind Justin will deleate this out of fear. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
Amir Khan speaks at the pace people read poetry to children.

There was once was a man called Amir.
Who's extramarital activities, are very clear.
His wife doesn't mind,
He likes the white kind
Justin will deleate this out of fear.
now that is poetry ..... and truthful :)
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: Amir Khan speaks at the pace people read poetry to children. There was once was a man called Amir. Who's extramarital activities, are very clear. His wife doesn't mind, He likes the white kind Justin will deleate this out of fear.[/p][/quote]now that is poetry ..... and truthful :) lv8151
  • Score: 6

2:04pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

When Bolton lad writes a ditty
He thinks he's remarkably witty
Getting hollow compliments from IV
Who quite clearly is born from larvae
But in truth they are just wallowing in Self-pity
When Bolton lad writes a ditty He thinks he's remarkably witty Getting hollow compliments from IV Who quite clearly is born from larvae But in truth they are just wallowing in Self-pity Chrome1
  • Score: -4

4:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

Chrome twas a joke
You boring and miserable goat.
Just relax and enjoy the rhyme
This Chrome has lost its shine
Chrome twas a joke You boring and miserable goat. Just relax and enjoy the rhyme This Chrome has lost its shine Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: 3

8:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Iluminati says...

There was a guy called Khan
Who learned his trade in a barn
He didn't have a sound chin
And in boxing that's a sin
He gave his gloves a good leather
And was knockout by Lloyd Merryweather
There was a guy called Khan Who learned his trade in a barn He didn't have a sound chin And in boxing that's a sin He gave his gloves a good leather And was knockout by Lloyd Merryweather Iluminati
  • Score: 4

11:44pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
Chrome twas a joke
You boring and miserable goat.
Just relax and enjoy the rhyme
This Chrome has lost its shine
Just enjoy the rhyme? Four things.
1. You can't spell
2. You got your ar5e whooped
3. You jealous racist c..t
4. You need poetrt lessons
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: Chrome twas a joke You boring and miserable goat. Just relax and enjoy the rhyme This Chrome has lost its shine[/p][/quote]Just enjoy the rhyme? Four things. 1. You can't spell 2. You got your ar5e whooped 3. You jealous racist c..t 4. You need poetrt lessons Chrome1
  • Score: -2

11:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

Iluminati wrote:
There was a guy called Khan
Who learned his trade in a barn
He didn't have a sound chin
And in boxing that's a sin
He gave his gloves a good leather
And was knockout by Lloyd Merryweather
Iluminati.... you haven't quite got the hang of limericks have you? And stop bleeding copying me. Just because I started with a poem doesn't mean you all have to.
[quote][p][bold]Iluminati[/bold] wrote: There was a guy called Khan Who learned his trade in a barn He didn't have a sound chin And in boxing that's a sin He gave his gloves a good leather And was knockout by Lloyd Merryweather[/p][/quote]Iluminati.... you haven't quite got the hang of limericks have you? And stop bleeding copying me. Just because I started with a poem doesn't mean you all have to. Chrome1
  • Score: -2

12:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

BoltonLancs says...

Chrome1 is racist No1
Chrome1 is racist No1 BoltonLancs
  • Score: 2

1:18am Thu 6 Feb 14

BoltonLancs says...

(btw Chrome1, the subsequent poems are taking the p1ss out of you, not following your trend, you zumpty.... If everyone followed your trend, we'd all end up wanting to kill each other, cos the little gangster-wannabees are the ones who didn't get laid til their 20s..) ;)
(btw Chrome1, the subsequent poems are taking the p1ss out of you, not following your trend, you zumpty.... If everyone followed your trend, we'd all end up wanting to kill each other, cos the little gangster-wannabees are the ones who didn't get laid til their 20s..) ;) BoltonLancs
  • Score: 2

4:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

there's a certain racist on here
who thinks we should ban pork and beer
but the pigs here to stay
we'll drink beer every day
but don't worry chrome, just stick to your gear
there's a certain racist on here who thinks we should ban pork and beer but the pigs here to stay we'll drink beer every day but don't worry chrome, just stick to your gear lv8151
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

What part was racist or not spelt correctly.
What part was racist or not spelt correctly. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: 2

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