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Kei Miller, Sai Murray at The Leeds Library Salon: On Freedom

The Leeds Library Salon: On Freedom
Fri 29 June
Doors 6.30pm, 7-8.30pm

Presented by Leeds Library.

Curated and co-produced by Renaissance One

Doors 6.30pm, Event 7pm – 8.30pm

With Kei Miller, Naomi Sumner Chan, Sai Murray, The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) and Melanie Abrahams.

The first in a new quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality.

Kei Miller, a writer of novels, poetry, essays and blogs, and a recipient of the Forward Prize for Poetry and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature will examine ideas and conceptions of freedom and emancipation.

Playwright, poet and theatremaker Naomi Sumner Chan explores through poems and anecdotes ideas of religious freedom and freedom of sexual expression and, considers the question of when we follow religious rules, what are we free from and, what are we free to do?.

Ten years on from the 'FWords: Creative Freedom' project and his role within it, Sai Murray will reflect on the nature of freedom in our supposedly post-racial Black President/diverse Royal family world. The David Oluwale Memoria Association (DOMA) will talk about their creative projects on freedom and social justice in Leeds and around England. Hosted by Melanie Abrahams. This event draws upon the contributors’ various and varied engagements with writing and culture, race, class and authority, and, activism and giving voice.

“How much 
have we not seen or felt or heard 
because there was no word 
for it -- at least no word we knew? 
We speak to navigate ourselves 
away from dark corners and we become, 
each one of us, cartographers.”

Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

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