Robin in all of us

Robin is in all of us

At the well attended and very well enjoyed “Subversion and Rebellion: Ballads and Storytelling: the case of Robin Hood” talk on Monday 17 November in Nottingham, one of the panellists Pippa Hennessey wrote the following fantastic poem in response to questions regarding the existence of Robin Hood and why the stories continue to be retold;


By Pippa Hennessy, Nottingham Writers’ studio

Robin is in all of us.

He’s in the boy who stands up to the bully

and the woman who leads a protest march,

he’s in your tongue when you say,

‘That’s not fair, you can’t make me do that.’

He’s in our legs when we run away

and our knuckles when we hit back.

He’s the granite of Slab Square,

Little John tolling the hours

and Brian Clough’s clenched fists.

His feet walk our streets every day.

He is in you. Stand tall.

Be Robin.



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