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Una Marson was a pioneering political activist, playwright, poet, broadcaster and champion of global gender and race equality. Born in Jamaica, she lived and worked in London during the 1930s and 40s mixing with writers, film makers and political activists via organisations such as the League for Coloured Peoples and the International Alliance of Women. She published several volumes of poetry and wrote and produced a play, ‘At What A Price’, for the West End stage in 1933. Marson was also the first black woman broadcaster at the BBC. She worked initially on ‘Calling the West Indies’ for the Empire Service before founding ‘Caribbean Voices’, a literary programme which became a central platform and catalyst for Caribbean literary culture.

As King’s moves into the former BBC World Service outpost Bush House, and we consider the history and meanings of ‘world service’, this is a timely moment to revisit Marson’s remarkable work for the BBC and beyond. This roundtable discussion will bring together leading experts on Marson’s work to explore the multifarious aspects and impacts of her extraordinary career.


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