Free

Strangers at the Gate, with James Omolo

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

New Beacon Books Ltd

76 Stroud Green Road

London

N4 3EN

United Kingdom

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

STRANGERS AT THE GATE

Join self-published writer, broadcaster, lecturer and activist James Omolo as he brings his novel Strangers at the Gate: Black Poland to the UK for the first time. The Kenyan-blooded Omolo has resided in Poland for a number of years, and has used his time there to collate his unique experiences in this fresh take on the black experience in Europe.

Hosted by the UK's first publisher of literature of black writers, New Beacon Books, Omolo will be conducting an intimate reading of his book and will be in discussion with Malakai Sargeant throughout the evening, talking all things displacement, documentation and diaspora. The evening will also feature two special performances from guest London-based performance poets Anita Barton-Williams and Gemma Weekes, with sets responding to the theme "strangers at the gate".

Out of all the events celebrating blackness throughout October 2017, this is one not to be missed – and is completely free of charge. Get your tickets now, and get your discounted copy of the book on the night.

JAMES OMOLO: James Omolo studied in Kenya, India and Poland. He is the founder of Africa Connect Foundation, a radio host at Imiradio and an activist on Human Rights related issues affecting People of African Descent. He has previously lectured at numerous academic instutions, including at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS), Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Training on ‘Africa Business and Beyond’. He has also contributed to publications in local academic journals.

MALAKAI SARGEANT: Malakaï is a writer, producer and director guy who works bare within theatre to promote inclusivity within the performing arts sector. You can find him sitting in a lot of meetings, often as the only brown person, staring blankly while pretending to take notes. Really, he's probably jotting down ideas for a poem, play or essay about gentrification, black masculinity, being sad for no reason or his nan. He is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets collective, and currently co-runs poetry movement Veranda and is Co Executive Director of The S+K Project.

ANITA BARTON-WILLIAMS: Anita is a poet and mother and father of Heaux Noire: an open mic night for and by women of colour. Part of the Barbican Young Poets family and more recently Octavia she's tryna hone her craft and survive in Babylon.

GEMMA WEEKES

This event has been produced by Malakai Sargeant.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

New Beacon Books Ltd

76 Stroud Green Road

London

N4 3EN

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved