Sarah White Tribute at the British Library

September 1, 2023

Celebrating the Life of Sarah White (5 April 1941 – 4 February 2022)

A tribute to the pioneering radical publisher and campaigner

Date: Sunday 29 October, 2–4 pm

Venue: British Library, Pigott Theatre, London NW1 2DB

Tickets:  from £4, concessions available

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A collage of Sarah White and friends

Sarah White was one of the co-founders of the George Padmore Institute archive in 1991, and almost thirty years earlier, in 1966, with her partner, John La Rose, she co-founded New Beacon Books, the UK’s first Black publisher and bookshop. Sarah worked tirelessly with people across race and class to fight for racial equality and social justice; she was a campaigner for people with mental health issues; and a good friend to many people of all ages.

Join Sarah White’s family, friends and colleagues from across three continents as they pay tribute in person, on film and in writing to a remarkable unsung activist, a woman whose work was often behind the scenes, but who helped to make the UK a better place for all races.

The event will include contributions from:

In person

Renowned poet Linton Kwesi Johnson

Booker Prize winner James Kelman

Lauded actress Angela Wynter

On film

Jamaican poet laureate Olive Senior

Award-winning composer Shirley Thompson

Former George Padmore Institute Poet in Residence Jay Bernard

In writing

Prize-winning novelist Marina Lewycka

Trinidadian author Susan Craig


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