Ishaq Imruh Bakari : Without Passport or Apology. Public Reading at the GPI

The George Padmore Institute is pleased to present a public reading and discussion to mark the launch of a new poetry collection  Without Passport or Apology  by Ishaq Imruh Bakari.

28 September 2017, 7.00pm at the George Padmore Institute. 

Free admission but please book your place in advance - 020 7272 4889 or email

Ishaq Imruh Bakari is a film-maker and writer. Born in St.Kitts & Nevis, he has lived since the 1960s in the UK and in East Africa. His many film credits include Riots and Rumours of Riots, Street Warriors, The Mark of the Hand, Blue Notes and Exiled Voices and African Tales. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Festival Director for the Zanzibar International Film Festival. His books include African Experiences of Cinema (with Mbye Cham) and two poetry collections – Sounds & Echoes (Karnak House) and Secret Lives (Bogle L’Ouverture). In 2012, he represented St. Kitts & Nevis at the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus as part of the Cultural Olympiad. He currently teaches Film Studies at the University of Winchester.
Without Passport or Apology (Smokestack Books) is a book about emigration and immigration, racism and resistance, slavery and freedom. Drawing on experiences in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, Ishaq Imruh Bakari addresses head-on the experience of African-Caribbean migration, for himself and for the millions who constitute the African diaspora around the world. It’s a book about places – Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, Zanzibar, Paris, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Tanzania. It’s a book about people – including Marcus Garvey, Aubrey Williams, Stuart Hall, Louis Farrakhan, Martin Carter, Shake Keane and Courtney Pine. Above all it’s an affirmation of the defiant spirit of the runaway African, the Maroon who moves through the world without passport or apology.
28 Sept 2017 at 7:00pm. 
At the George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 3EN
Above New Beacon Books, which will be open for sales and book signing
Free Admission


Public reading: Ishaq Imruh Bakari