The Killing Of Sophie Lancaster
Black Roses is a poetic sequence written for a BBC Radio 4 docu-drama, by Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage. It weaves the voice of Sophie Lancaster with that of her mother Sylvia and created unprecedented feedback and listener-response on initial broadcast. It was repeated soon after its original transmission and became the most re-requested of any programme on BBC Radio 4 in 2010. It went on to win BBC Radio Best Speech Programme of 2011 and was short-listed for the 2011 Ted Hughes Award.
The poetry is haunting and powerful with Sylvia Lancaster commenting at the time, that “Simon Armitage’s poems give back to Sophie the voice she lost when she was brutally murdered in 2007. Her short life is caught in this stunning work”.