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Jacqueline Crooks book tour shapes up

Jacqueline Crooks is planning a number of exciting events in support of her upcoming book, The Ice Migration. She will be reading, delivering workshops and taking part in debates and discussions.

London Live (interview)
Friday 17 May 2018, 5.30pm

Jacqueline will be interviewed live on air. Tune in to hear more about her work and The Ice Migration.

Passport to the Motherland – Migration Dreams
Friday 8 June 2018, 18.00 – 21.45
V&A Museum
All tickets £5

Jacqueline will be reading stories from The Ice Migration and will be selling and signing books. 

Explore the 'colonial dream' of a better way of life from 'home' and those you loved and left behind, many never to be reunited. Through words, music, film, image, tours, workshops and displays, unpack this timely discourse of migration and survival and immerse yourself in creative Caribbean nostalgia.

*In celebration of the exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
*Commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the SS Windrush and British Nationality Act 1948
*Recognises the UNESCO Decade for People of African Descent 2015 – 2024

Lambeth Country Show
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July 2018
Brockwell Park
More info

Jacqueline Crooks will be running workshops, reading from The Ice Migration and selling and signing books at the Lambeth Country Show (more details TBC).

Northern Short Story Festival: Book Launch & Stories Across Worlds
Saturday 2 June 2018, 2-3pm, 3.30-5pm
Carriageworks, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square , Leeds, LS2 3AD
FREE (launch) / £12 (workshop) (Book online)

Jacqueline will be reading from her book from 2-3pm. She will be joined by Christine Barrow, with a sneak preview of Black Dogs and the Colour Yellow by Christine Barrow (Uni of the West Indies). The event will be hosted by Jacob Ross.

From 3.30-5pm, Jacqueline will be leading the Stories Across Worlds workshop. This workshop will help you develop stories that range across landscapes, languages, space and time. Using writing exercises, visuals and soundscapes we will develop unique settings. We will develop characters and place them within settings that give them voice to tell their unique stories.

This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels, particularly those from the margins, writing outside the mainstream.

And on the distant horizon . . .

Generation Windrush: Windrush 70th Anniversary Symposium
Leeds Beckett University
Date TBC (autumn 2018)
Read more at Leeds Beckett University

Seventy years ago, the SS Windrush docked at the port of Tilbury with 492 Caribbean migrants on board. We will be delivering daylong multi-disciplinary symposium in celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the arrival of SS Windrush, which signaled the first major influx of Caribbean migration to British, by showcasing Caribbean literature, poetry, dance, academic research and film.

The day will combine academic papers with readings, screenings, dance and music. It will highlight the cultural impact of Caribbean migration, explore the plight of early migrants and examine the dynamic fusion of Caribbean and British cultural forms in the UK – demonstrating how Caribbean migration has both enriched and became woven into the very fabric of British social and cultural life.

We also want to explore alternative stories of Windrush by focusing on the lives of people who came on other vessels. We acknowledge that each migration story is different; while the arrival of SS Windrush is a convenient historical starting point for the exploration of the development of British Caribbean culture, we seek to challenge the standardized narratives of Windrush with alternative perspectives.

This will be a free event hosted at Leeds Beckett University by Emily Zobel Marshall and Khadijah Ibrahiim. It will be a Big Bookend Festival Fringe event and run in partnership with the Caribbean Carnival Cultures research platform at Leeds Beckett University, The Geraldine Connor Foundation and Peepal Tree Press.

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