‘If people don’t hear we were here, they still think we came with Windrush. That’s why it’s important that we tell our stories. British History is also our history.’
Late last year as Israeli bombs rained down on Gaza, the Palestinian writer and scholar Refaat Alareer foresaw his death. Inspired by Claude McKay’s ‘If We Must Die’, Alareer echoed his spirit of defiance and solidarity. Our director reads Alareer’s ‘If I Must Die’.
Exploring the resilience and tenacity required for a writer's life
"Children are not too young to have conversations around race and racism."
Talking about building bridges as you go
The poet and academic Jason Allen-Paisant has just won the T.S.Eliot Prize. In this conversation recorded with the poet John Siddique last year, he reflects on how spending time alone with trees as a child led him to become the poet he is today and reflects on how silence and chaos help him to write.
Talking about a life of creation, visual art as well as the written word
Writers Michael Salu, Iphgenia Baal, Tice Cin and Vanessa Onwuemezi in collaboration with the Eccles Centre at the British Library recently reflected on the expansive role that AI & technology play in our lives. Hosted by Amanda Vilanova, the evening began with a short film on the uncanny and disturbing possibilities of AI.
Expanding on the significance of the objects displayed on her mantelpiece
Talking about the process of writing the script for the now released film Rye Lane
Talking about adding novelist to her already varied accomplishments
Talking about writing her debut novel over a sixteen year period