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Inscribe writer Adam Lowe and author Una Marson join Grace Nichols and John Agard at British Library

Entrance Hall, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Fri 1 Jun - Sun 21 Oct 2018
Price: Free
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Inscribe-supported writer Adam Lowe appears as part of the British Library's Windrush exhibition, alongside videos by John Agard, Grace Nichols, Hannah Lowe, Maggie Harris and Kim O’Loughlin.

You can also learn about Una Marson, whose poems we published via our Caribbean Modern Classics series.

You can check out Windrush: Songs In a Strange Land until 21 October.

About the exhibition

Welcomed by some as ‘Sons of Empire.’ Vilified by those spreading fears of a ‘black invasion’. 70 years since the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants to London, hear the Caribbean voices behind the 1940s headlines. Why did people come? What did they leave behind? And how did they shape Britain?

Learn about the Jamaican feminist poet Una Marson, who became the first black woman employed by the BBC. Read Trinidadian J J Thomas's scathing rebuttal of English colonialism. See the manuscripts of Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island and Benjamin Zephaniah's poem 'What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us'. And listen to the sounds of the Caribbean, from jazz and calypso to the speeches of Marcus Garvey and personal reflections from some of the first Caribbean nurses to join the NHS.

Enslavement. Colonialism. Rebellion.  

Revisit 1948 and explore how the Windrush story is much more than the dawn of British multiculturalism it has come to represent.

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Find out more about the accompanying learning programme, including school workshopsteacher events and family activities.

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