NEW for WHBBH9 is our New Publications session where authors of recently published books get ten minutes each to tell us about them- a quick and easy way to make sure you're up with the latest cutting edge research and writing.
Then on to Dramatising Black British History, which actually could have been called 'Dramatising Black Tudor History', because all three writers have tackled 16th century stories: those of Catalina, the Moorish maid to Katherine of Aragon; John Blanke the Tudor court trumpeter, and Fortunatus, servant to Sir Robert Cecil. So you can guess why I'm particularly keen to hear from these writers! These three plays, by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ade Solanke and Rex Obano respectively, have been performed at Ovalhouse and Colchester Arts Centre, at Hampton Court Palace and on Radio 3 ('The Moors of England' is due to be broadcast on Sunday 4th November at 19.30). It will be fascinating to hear what inspired them to tell these stories, the challenges of working with fragmentary historical sources, and how their work has been received.
We couldn't let 2018 pass without contemplating Windrush: 70 years on. This session will be chaired by historian and activist Patrick Vernon, who has campaigned for full government recognition of the contribution of the Windrush Generation, and of migrants more broadly. We will hear from Wendy Webster how many of the so-called 'Windrush Generation' were actually returning to Britain, having played a significant role in the Second World War; Peggy Warren and Joan Welsh will explore the testimonies of Black British Women about their struggles within the NHS; and Beverley Cooper-Chambers will share her analysis of how Caribbean families are (mis)represented on television. Bringing us right up to date, Clare Anyiam-Osigwe will be talking about the insights she gained through interviews for her short documentary, Windrush Stories.
Our third panel will explore the experiences of those giving Guided Tours of Black British History. Janet Couloute, an art historian and gallery guide at Tate Britain, was standing near an artwork by Lubaina Himid one day when someone asked her "Are you part of the exhibit?" Because of course a woman of colour standing in the middle of an art gallery is much more likely to be a work of art than an authority figure! Her presentation will explore the challenge of contesting such assumptions in the art world, and will be complemented by the perspectives of Lisa Williams, who has recently started conducting Black History Tours in Edinburgh, and Tony Warner, of the hugely successful London-based Black History Walks.
To mix up the traditional final thoughts panel, we will be seeking thoughts and comments from the audience, so be ready!
The day will end with a Drinks Reception, where we will launch Kwaku's new book: Disrupting African British Histories?
I very much hope to see you there. For the full agenda and booking details go to the ICWS event page, or to book straight away click here.