The Six O'Clock News


The third poem in the sequence "Unrelated Incidents" of 1976 is probably the poem of mine most known to a generation of GCSE pupils in England and Wales as it was on the syllabus there for about twelve years from around 1998.

The BBC filmed an interview with me about this "six o'clock news" poem and other work for a GCSE schools programme in 1998.

Here is the interview which lasts eight minutes.


'Unrelated Incidents' - No.3

this is thi
six a clock
news thi
man said n
thi reason
a talk wia
BBC accent
iz coz yi
widny wahnt
mi ti talk
aboot thi
trooth wia
voice lik
wanna yoo
scruff. if
a toktaboot
thi trooth
lik wanna yoo
scruff yi
widny thingk
it wuz troo.
jist wanna yoo
scruff tokn.
thirza right
way ti spell
ana right way
to tok it. this
is me tokn yir
right way a
spellin. this
is ma trooth.
yooz doant no
thi trooth
yirsellz cawz
yi canny talk
right. this is
the six a clock
nyooz. belt up.
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