A Kinder Justice

We were recently invited by the organisation Free Word to contribute a foreword to its project A Kinder Justice.

Along with campaigner Patrick Vernon OBE and the organisation Inquest, the GPI shared insight on kindness as activism.

Click on the link for these as well as poetry by Brother Portrait and Belinda Zhawi commissioned exclusively for A Kinder Justice:

Portrait of Dr. Kamau Brathwaite being unveiled today

Please see the following invitation from Pembroke College Cambridge to a streamed unveiling of a portrait of our friend Kamau Brathwaite who passed away in February. The painting was done by another friend of the GPI, the artist Errol Lloyd who was a member of the Caribbean Artists Movement of which Kamau was a founder.

Portrait of Dr. Kamau Brathwaite (1930 – 2020)

You are cordially invited to join us online at the unveiling of a newly commissioned portrait of Honorary Fellow Dr. Kamau Brathwaite CHB (1950) who sadly passed away in February 2020.

75th Anniversary of the 5th Pan-African Congress

Thursday 15 October marks 75 years since the start of the 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress; it lasted until the 21st October that year.

Many will be familiar with the significant text by Hakim Adi (now Professor of History) and Marika Sherwood: The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited published by New Beacon Books in 1995.

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is hosting PAC@75: Pan African Congress 75th Anniversary Celebrations from tomorrow 15 October until Sunday 18 October.

Clarification and Context

Please see the following statement by Professor Gus John in response to an article/interview published in The Guardian last Thursday 8.10.20.

More from Your Local Arena: Caribbean Journey featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson

Co-producers Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes bring you another film from Your Local Arena. Vintage 20th century documentary from the BBC's Arena series, Caribbean Journey features acclaimed poet and winner of the 2020 PEN Pinter Prize, Linton Kwesi Johnson. With 21st century responses from SuAndi, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Ashleigh Nugent and Levi Tafari, poetry from Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and Vladamir Lucien, reflections from Olive Senior and a reading by Colin Grant!

LKJ accepts the 2020 PEN Pinter Prize at the British Library

Last night at the British Library Linton Kwesi Johnson accepted the 2020 PEN Pinter Prize and delivered an address which was interspersed with readings of some of his most memorable and resonant poems. Click on the following link to watch this special event:

More from Your Local Arena... Caribbean Nights: Calypso, Carnival and Steel Pan

Earlier this year the GPI collaborated with Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes on a Your Local Arena film.
Now in their most recent offering, you can again enjoy more vintage documentary and 21st century responses through film, poetry and a writing masterclass.
With a mix of academics, authors, poets and producers check out Caribbean Nights: Calypso, Carnival and Steel Pan and Three Kings of Calypso. Screening from 10am Tuesday 6 October 2020 to 10pm Saturday 10 October 2020.

Sunday 27 September:BBC Four: Black Classical Music

Tonight on BBC Four at 9pm: Black Classical Music - The Forgotten History

Shirley Thompson - a good friend of the GPI - will be one of the featured composers!

The Poet on Front Row: Linton Kwesi Johnson on Radio 4

Following on from being awarded the 2020 PEN Pinter Prize in July, Linton Kwesi Johnson was featured on BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

Tune in by clicking on the link:


COVID-19 Update: Re-opening of GPI

COVID-19 UPDATE: Re-opening of GPI

The GPI is planning to re-open to researchers in a phased way from 18 August 2020. We will review the situation every 2 weeks.

Access will be on Tues-Thurs by prior appointment only, subject to availability. Please make your appointment at least 2 weeks in advance.

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