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The Kitch Tour

Anthony Joseph embarks on series of UK and US events exploring the legacy of The Empire Windrush. Marking the first major wave of migrants from the Caribbean to UK in the 20th century, their arrival changed and enriched our society and culture. Joseph will use his new novel, Kitch, as a starting point to interrogate this history and look at where we are now. Join him to examine the politics and activism, culture and music of the Caribbean on Britain.

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Conversation with Vahni Capildeo & MA Student Readings

Conversation with Vahni Capildeo & MA Student Readings
Thu 21 June 2018, 7-10pm
The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

An evening with Vahni Capildeo and students from Lancaster’s MA Creative Writing Programmes. Hear the poems of award winning poet, Vahni Capildeo, then listen to brand new work from our creative writing students. This is part of a two evening celebratory event, hosted by the English Literature and Creative Writing Department.

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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.

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The Motley Muse

The Motley Muse
The Various Art of Poetry, or, ‘Not the Royal Wedding’

In The White Goddess, Robert Graves describes how the status of Irish ollaves was such that they were the only members of the court apart from the King entitled to wear six different colours in their apparel, and memorably compared roving bands of itinerant bards, dazzling in their motley, to the many-coloured mixed flocks of titmice — great, blue, coal, marsh, willow, long-tailed — that roam the countryside in autumn and winter, each singing their distinctive songs.

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Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic

Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic
Saturday 9 June 2018, 5pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

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Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story

Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story
Saturday 23 June 2018, 7-10pm
Room 700, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB

A radiogram stands proud in the corner of Miss Letty’s immaculate front room. Gathered around are her family and friends, full of questions about her life and determined to give her the send-off she deserves. As they delve into her photo album and record collection, they are transported back to her arrival in Britain from the Caribbean in 1948, and the beginning of an incredible story.

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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

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Jacqueline Crooks at the Northern Short Story Festival 2018

Stories Across Worlds with Jacqueline
Sat 2 June 
Room 1: Carriageworks Theatre

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.

Tickets: £12 (single event)

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Peepal Tree authors at Words in the City

Dead and Wake: Khadijah Ibrahiim plus guest musicians

Experience a Jamaican ‘Nine Night’ with poet and live artist Khadijah Ibrahiim. Interactive candlelit performance exploring Carribean rituals around death through poetry, music, ghost stories and song.

Features specially created poems and traditional Nine Night songs.

A WITC micro-commission.

Date: Thursday 10th May
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Hope House Gallery
Price: FREE

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Folk on the Tyne Backbone of our Land

Great Exhibition of the North: Folk on the Tyne
Backbone of our Land
Saturday 28th July, 2018. 6pm - 7pm

Backbone of our Land. What does it mean to be Northern? Why do we live here and why do we stay here? A host of leading Northern poets and folk musicians have been asking these questions.

“How did we get here, eh? We’re surprised to find ourselves on the brink of a seismic shift in our national identity but how did we get to this? When did we stop talking to each other? Let’s start talking now.

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