The George Padmore Institute is an archive, educational resource and research centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe.

Founded in 1991, we are based in North London where we often hold educational and cultural activities including talks and readings. We also publish relevant materials and are making our archives accessible to the general public.

Thank You

The GPI would like to say a big THANK YOU to #NationalLottery players who’ve made it possible for the National Lottery Heritage Fund to fund our emergency grant, enabling us to pay GPI salaries for the next four months. We really appreciate the help and support.








Your Local Arena- Caribbean Nights - Poetry

On what would have been the pioneering poet Kamau Brathwaite’s 90th birthday today, the GPI in collaboration with Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes launches publicity for an exciting production! Your Local Arena is a Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes co-production featuring BBC’s Arena film archive. It is funded by Arts Council England.

Caribbean Nights: Poetry 

Michael La Rose writes on representing the GPI and New Beacon Books at the funeral of Kamau Brathwaite

Representation at the funeral of Edward Kamau Brathwaite 21st

GPI|Covid-19 Update

Greetings to all supporters, researchers and other participants in GPI activities, 

Negus: A tribute in Kamau’s own verse by Linton Kwesi Johnson

Please click on the link below to listen to Kamau Brathwaite’s poem Negus rendered by friend and fellow poet Linton Kwesi Johnson


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