Scott McKendry: Belfast poet shaped by working-class childhood

A Belfast poet wants to challenge perceptions that working-class communities are less interested in poetry.

Scott McKendry hails from the mainly unionist Shankill estate in Belfast.

After leaving school at 16, he first began training as an electrician, but inherited his grandfather’s love of poetry.

In 2019, he won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize for his work.

Some of the poems are shaped by the troubles in Northern Ireland, including one about his childhood recollection of witnessing a protest by loyalist prisoners on the roof of a prison in 1994.

Video Journalist: Niall McCracken

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