I'll be talking about John Blanke, Henry VIII's African trumpeter, and the hundreds of other Africans present in Tudor and Stuart Britain; about the real history behind the film Belle, and about Africans in Georgian London, like Cesar Picton, born in Senegal in 1761, who went on to become a successful coal merchant. And much more!
I'm also co-organising a workshop at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies to get the conversation going on "What's Happening in Black British History?" and putting together a panel on "Africans in Tudor Britain" as part of the "Putting the Black in the Union Jack? Black British History in Education" event. These two one-day events require tickets, so do book in advance!
I've listed the basic details below- for more information on the talks, please visit my talks page.
Tuesday 7th October, 6pm, "Based on a True Story? The History behind the film Belle", North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 1PZ.
Wednesday 8th October, 6pm, "Africans in Tudor and Stuart Britain"Shepherd's Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, London W12 7BF.
Saturday 11th October, 4.15pm, "Polish Witches and Black Tudors - tales from the 1500’s" with Wanda Wyporska, Archway with Words Festival, Methodist Church, Archway, Archway Close, London N19 3TD.
Monday 13th October, 7.30pm, "Africans in Tudor and Stuart Britain", Historical Association, Gloucestershire Branch, Friends Meeting House, Greyfriars, Gloucester GL1 1TS.
Tuesday 14th October, 6.30pm, "The Image and Reality of Africans in Renaissance England", with Michael Ohajuru, Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill, London SW11 1JB.
Wednesday 15th October, 6pm, "Africans in Tudor & Stuart Port Towns",Queen Anne 180 - Greenwich Campus, University of Greenwich,
London SE10 9HX.
Wednesday 29th October, 6.30pm, "Africans in Tudor & Stuart London", Paddington Library, 45 Porchester Rd, London, W2 5DU.
Thursday 30th October, 11-6.30pm, "What's Happening in Black British History? A Conversation" Institute of Commonwealth Studies workshop, The Senate Room, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
Tuesday 4th November, 2pm, "Africans in Early Modern London",Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH.
Wednesday 5th November, 5pm, "Africans in Tudor England", with Onyeka Nubia, Arts 2.03, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ.
Saturday 8th November, 3.30pm, Putting the Black in the Union Jack? Black British History in Education: "Africans in Tudor Britain" panel, Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH.
Tuesday 11th November, 6pm, "Africans in Georgian London", John Galsworthy Building, Room 3002, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE.
Wednesday 25th February 2015, 7.15pm, "Africans in Tudor and Stuart Britain", Historical Association, Cardiff Branch, Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG.