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Rommi Smith: Changing the Story: Photographs Of British Life In Black And White (1917-1962)

Until Saturday 29 January, you can catch Changing the Story at The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford. The exhibition centres an overlooked part of British history, through a series of striking photographs documenting British life from 1917 to 1962.

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Unknown Soldier: Queering the 1939-45 Desert War by Seni Seneviratne

OUTing the Past Bedford with The Higgins
Saturday 26 February 2022
Free, Online Event

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John Robert Lee joins Delia Dolor on Metaphorically Speaking

John Robert Lee joined Delia Dolor at the podcast Metaphorically Speaking to discusses his poem 'Lusca', dedicated to Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott, and how the eponymous character is used as a metaphor for the land of their birth, Saint Lucia.

Listen to the podcast online.

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Online event: Passing the Baton: Queer Writers of Colour Celebrate their Historic Icons for OUTing the Past

Image (clockwise from top left): Maya Chowdhry by Ean Flanders Photography, Adam Lowe, Dorothea Smartt by Chris Scott, Seni Seneviratne

OUTing the Past London with the National Maritime Museum
Thursday 10 February 2022
Online / Zoom
Book online for free
Suitable for ages 12+

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New Beacon Books saved by community!

In less than 24 hours, New Beacon Books smashed a crowdfunding target that aimed to save the bookshop and publisher from closing down. The bookshop, which has faced a downturn in sales over the pandemic and an increase in its overheads, made a plea to the public for help and raised a total of £84,437 over eight days.

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Marina Salandy-Brown passes on the baton at Bocas Lit Fest

Our friends at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest have announced some big news: Jean-Claude Cournand is stepping up as CEO as Marina Salandy-Brown passes the baton.

Now in it's second decade, NGC Bocas Lit Fest formed in December 2010 and hosted its first literary festival in April of the following year. We wish our friends at Bocas - including festival and programme director Nicholas Laughlin - all the best for their continued success, and look forward to working with them in future.

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DDX Caribbean highlights Lakshmi Persaud, Beryl Gilroy

DDX Caribbean, which is dedicated to profiling people of the Caribbean and its diasporas, has recently profiled two Peepal Tree Press authors, Lakshmi Persaud and Beryl Gilroy on Twitter.

@DDXChannel writes about Lakshmi Persaud,

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Ira Mathur hosts Bios & Bookmarks with Amanda Smyth

Bios & Bookmarks: At Home the Green Remains
Season Finale with Amanda Smyth
Hosted by Ira Mathur

Sunday 19 December 2021
7pm GMT
Watch online

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The Bookseller writes about Glimpse

The Bookseller has today written about Glimpse, the forthcoming Inscribe anthology, edited by Leone Ross:

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Searching for the Canon of Black British Writing

Photo: Diana Evans, Nick Makoha, Juliet Gilkes Romero, Alex Wheatle MBE, Colin Grant, Hafsa Zayyan

I begin with a confession: there was a time when I thought that working in the arts was not important. I fell for the oft-advanced argument that money spent on the arts might be better spent on hospitals or schools or a range of other worthy endeavours.

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