Date: Friday 8 December 2023
Venue: The Tetley, Hunslet Road Leeds LS10 1JQ
Olulwale Now is an anthology of cutting-edge poetry, prose and artwork which addresses the contemporary issues that David’s Oluwale’s story touches upon, edited by Emily Zobel Marshall and Sai Murray, with a foreword by Caryl Phillips. Renowned academic Professor Ben Carrington describes it as ‘a book of moving poetry, searing prose, beautiful photography, and stunning artwork. This powerful and timely anthology makes the story of David Oluwale visible again, showing how a life cut short by racism can illuminate a path towards a more egalitarian society in the future.’
In 2022, the David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) in partnership with the former School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at LBU and Leeds-based Caribbean & Black British publishers Peepal Tree Press, launched a writing competition for poetry, prose and artwork that responds the story of David Oluwale. Prizes were awarded to the best poetry and prose submissions and a selection of these submissions make up the majority of the stunning pieces in Oluwale Now.
We believe the writing here combats historical silencing. It places the voices of the marginalised centre stage and connects the Oluwale story to our contemporary moment in profound and thought-provoking new ways.
Please join us.
This will be one of the last ever events at the Tetley before it closes its doors to the public for good. Come and enjoy some readings and discussion over a drink. We'll be close to the wonderful new Hibiscus Rising by Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA. Do go an see it before or after the event - forming part of a powerful legacy marking David Oluwale's tragic story but also acting as a symbol of hope.