Making History - Oral Testimonies - Trinidad, Guyana and Britain

Conversation between Lawrence Scott, Clem Seecharan and John Siblon. Plus London launch for Golconda - Our Voices Our Lives

Lawrence Scott in conversation with Clem Seehcaran and John Siblon, at the London Launch of Golconda - Our Voices Our Lives, edited by Lawrence Scott.

While in Trinidad, (2006-9) novelist Lawrence Scott facilitated the Golconda Writing/Research Project, a community, oral history project among ex-sugarcane workers. Lawrence will be talking about the book that came out of this project glconda - Our Voices Our Lives, and of project's value at a time when Trinidad's sugar industry is being shut down.  He will be joined by Clem Seecharan and John Siblon, both researchers in the fieldsof Indo-Caribbean history. Clem will explore the sources that inspired him to enter this hitherto under-researched field, in the early 1980s.  Several of these sources are located in India and the Indian diaspora, but many are from the Caribbean, such as the great text by C.L.R. James, Beyond a Boundary (1963). John Siblon will focus on Britain: 'How I think about the past: statues, Monuments and the Black and Asian Presence', explaining that it is easier than we think to  become active participants in discovering aspects of the past, whether public or private.  He will outline his understanding of the term 'public history' and how public history methodology can be used to investigate public and private pasts. Using the landscape of the centre of London as a case study, he will show that as much can be learned about Britain's colonial past from what is absent than from what is present.

Lawrence Scott is a prize winning novelist and teacher of creative writing, from Trinidad. He currently divides his time between London and Port of Spain.

Clem Seecharan is Professor of Caribbean History and Head of Caribbean Studies at London Metropolitan University, and the author of many titles on Guyanese history and cricket.

John Siblon teaches History at City and Islington College. He is a member of the Black and Asian Studies Association.

May 19, 2010
George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN


Shaking Things Up A Poetry Reading by Jayne Cortez

The George Padmore Institute and the Free Word Centre are delighted to host internationally acclaimed poet and activist Jayne Cortez at her only London event in 2011.

Introduced by the prize-winning writer Lawrence Scott, Jayne Cortez will read from a selection of her poetry which spans over four decades, and which tells of the struggle for black social liberation and for radical political and social change in the USA and beyond. Cortez’s uncompromising poems are also fiercely free form with jazz inflections that take the audience on an unparalled journey of music and words.

Jayne Cortez was born in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. She is the author of twelve books of poetry and performer of her poems with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism and visceral sound. Her most recent books are On The Imperial Highway and Jazz Fan Looks Back. Her latest CDs with the Firespitter Band are Find Your Own Voice, Borders of Disorderly Time and Taking the Blues Back Home. Jayne Cortez is president and cofounder with Ama Ata Aidoo of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa Inc. She is organizer of international symposiums and director of the films ‘Slave Routes: Resistance, Abolition & Creative Progress’ and ‘Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writers Dissecting Globalization’. She is the recipient of numerous awards.

Lawrence Scott is from Trinidad and Tobago. He is the author of the novels Witchbroom, Aelred’s Sin and Night Calypso. He has also published a collection of short stories. His most recent publication is as editor of Golconda Our Voices Our Lives.

Wednesday 30 March 2011 from 6.30pm
At the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
Tickets £8.00

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Mar 30, 2011

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA