Building Britannia - life experience with Britain published 28 Dec 2009

New from NEW BEACON BOOKS and George Padmore institute. Building Britannia is now available from New Beacon Books and all good booksellers.

In 1999 the GPI held a very successful series of talks and converations entitled 'Life Experience With Britain'.  Building Britannia contains the text of these seven thought provoking and informative talks and conversations and the discussions that arose around them.

Dennis Bovell describes his development into a pioneering musician and producer in reggae and popular music.

Althea McNish explains how her early artistic talent flowered into a career in fabric and textile design.

Gus John outlines his unexpected trajectory from trainee catholic priest to campaigner for racial equality and social justice and later chief eduation officer.

Wilfred Wood traces his journey to the top of the Church of England as the first black bishop in that institution.

Aggrey Burke explores the links between his youth in the Caribbean, his student years in the UK and his eventual career as a psychiatrist.

Yvonne Brewster gives a vivid account of the roots of her training and later career in drama both as an actor and producer in theatre and television.

Alexis Rennie gives an enlightening insight into his life as a black engineer in Britain.

This is a multi-faceted story of engagement with Britain by Caribbean migrants; their fight for freedom from political and cultural domination; their struggle fro racial and social justice; their cultural activism; and their educational and social endeavours in the act of humanising and transcending the limitations of British society.