Publishing and Literary Archives: Cutting through White Noise
Thursday 13 October, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Join us for an evening with Britain's Iconic Black literary activists in conversation with Shani Crawford
Key figures in political activism in Guyana and in the UK, pioneering husband and wife Eric and Jessica Huntley led the rise of the independent bookshop and Black publishers by founding the famous Bogle L’Ouverture Publishing company. The Huntleys’ campaigns of resistance, anti-racist socio-political interventions and their fiercely determined support for new Black talent and writing changed the post-migration literary world forever. Shani Crawford, Step Into Dance and former general manager of Cultural Co-operation, raised in Black literature and activism, will facilitate conversations between the speakers and the audience.
Recently featured in the stunning art and archive exhibition, No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action —1960-1990, Eric Huntley chooses several iconic book covers that helped to articulate and represent Black Britain, sharing personal insights into the struggles, activism, and how these emblematic books cut through to shape voice and forge a Black identity. Joining the panel conversation: Dr Margaret Andrews, author of the successful Doing Nothing is Not an Option: The Radical Lives of Jessica and Eric Huntley; Margaret Busby OBE publisher, editor, writer and broadcaster based in the UK. Britain’s youngest and first black woman book publisher in the 1960s; Donald Hinds, writer (Mother Country) journalist (Journey to an Illusion: The West Indian in Britain), historian and teacher.
Also featuring new works from emerging writers/spoken word artists.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BLACK CULTURAL ARCHIVES
Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. Learn more about the work we do, visit bcaheritage.org.uk