San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Launch of ‘Yonder Awa, Poetry from the Empire Café’.
Eighteen of the Caribbean and Scotland’s most exciting poets have written new poems for the Empire Café exploring Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade. Join us for readings from Fred D’Aguiar, Milllicent Graham, Kei Miller, Dorothea Smartt, Malika Booker, Jim Carruth and others.
You do not need to bring along a paper ticket, however, we will ask for your name as you arrive.
Cafe open from 11am-6pm. Last orders in the Cafe space at 5.30pm. Bar open in Main Hall open from 5pm-10pm. Cash only bar (no cards accepted).
When & Where
The Empire Cafe
The Empire Café is an exploration of Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, academic lectures, poetry, debate, workshops, historical walks, film and literature. The café will be based in the Briggait (home of the Merchant’s Steeple) in Glasgow’s Merchant City from 24th July - 1st August 2014
Contributors to the programme include poets Jackie Kay, Millicent Graham, Alan Riach and Fred D’Aguiar; authors Andrea Stuart, James Robertson and Chris Dolan, internationally acclaimed artist Graham Fagan, Hip Hop band Stanley Odd, The Big Big Sing and Dr Richard Benjamin of the Liverpool Slavery Museum, plus many more.
The Empire Café has commissioned poems from eminent Scottish and Caribbean poets on Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade which will be published in a print anthology which will be available free of charge. Poets contributing to the anthology include Kei Miller, John Burnside, Vicki Fever,Dorothea Smartt, Aonghas MacNeacail and others
The Empire Café will serve dishes developed through a series of experimental origin outreach sessions using some of the empire’s most familiar products and ingredients as inspiration. Café operator McCune Smith, Bakery 47 andDear Green Coffee will all join this exploration.
The Empire Cafe is founded by co-directors Jude Barber of Collective Architecture and author Louise Welsh. ‘Merchant City Voices’, their collaborative series of sounds works exploring Glasgow’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade won a 2013 Scottish Design Award.