Co-hosted by 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and the George Padmore Institute
In the early 1980s, Michael Smith was seen as a rising star of Jamaican poetry, taking the UK by storm. Then he was suddenly killed in a political confrontation in his homeland. Forty years after his untimely death, London remembers this stellar wordsmith through a screening of the BBC Arena film Upon Westminster Bridge, which documents his visit to the capital. We see Michael Smith in his full poetic glory, equally at home reciting his Jamaican dub poetry or the English Romantic poets. After the screening, the accompanying panel discussion features Arena editor Anthony Wall, who made the film, as well as three poets of Caribbean heritage, Linton Kwesi Johnson (who also appears in the film), Hannah Lowe and Zena Edwards. There will also be a reading of a newly-commissioned poem inspired by the film, written and read by Helen Thomas.
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Your Local Arena is a Lucy Hannah & Speaking Volumes co-production
featuring BBC Arena’s film archive. Funded by Arts Council England.
Your Local Arena is a unique project featuring iconic films from the archives of BBC TV’s Arena, the pioneering cultural documentary series. It includes new poems inspired by the Arena films and panel talks to explore the continuing relevance of the Arena archives today.
The Your Local Arena is a unique project featuring iconic films from the archives of BBC TV’s Arena, the pioneering cultural documentary series. It includes new poems inspired by the Arena films and panel talks to explore the continuing relevance of the Arena archives today. The Your Local Arena concept was developed by Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes, with Arena’s award-winning director/editor Anthony Wall as creative consultant, and funded by Arts Council England.
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