6 March 2019: Writing & Activism with David Austin

Join us at the GPI on Wednesday 6 March as we welcome the award winning author David Austin who'll be sharing perspectives and readings from his two titles published by Pluto Press in 2018.

​In Dread Poetry and Freedom; Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution ​Austin delves into themes of 'poetry, political consciousness and social transformation' through the lens of the Jamaican-British poet's own literary activism.

Edited by Austin, Moving Against the System:The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness is a collection of 'black radical thought' emanating from Montreal's historic meeting of activist, influential Black voices including Stokely Carmichael, C.L.R. Jamnes, Rocky Jones, Alvin Poussaint and Walter Rodney. 

David Austin teaches Humanities, Philosophy and Religion at John Abbott College in Montreal. In 2014 he was awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize for Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex and Security in Sixties Montreal (Between The Lines 2013)

The evening will be chaired by Leslie James whom we welcome back to the GPI after her first guest visit in 2016. She is Lecturer in World History at Queen Mary University of London and her books include George Padmore and Decolonisation from Below: Pan Africanism, the Cold War and the End of Empire (2015) and Decolonisation and the Cold War (2015). 

​Copies of David Austin's books will be on sale downstairs at New Beacon Books

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019

Tickets: £5 - available at the door or via email: info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org/eventbrite/phone: 0207 272 8915

Time: 6:30 PM for 7 PM start

Venue: 76 Stroud Green Road Finsbury Park N4 3EN

See you there!