Two New Beacon 50th Anniversary Events - Changing Britannia: Through the Arts and Activism by Professor Gus John and A Meeting of the Continents: International Poetry Night hosted by Linton Kwesi Johnson

The GPI in collaboration with Arts Council England, the British Library and Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions, presents two events on Saturday 3 December:

Changing Britannia: Through Arts and Activism by Professor Gus John  4:30 - 6:00pm   Price: £5.00

Professor John, renowned activist and educationalist presents on the legacy of New Beacon Books including its role in creating 'a space for activism to educate, inspire and bridge the gap in knowledge about the African Diaspora, politics and culture between the generations'. Innumerable cultural and political organisations have subsequently been active in their pursuit of the same goals as New Beacon; many have come and gone. Professor John will also focus our attention on where things currently stand for Britain and its multi-ethnic communities.


A Meeting of the Continents: International Poetry Night hosted by Linton Kwesi Johnson  7:00 - 9:30pm   Price: £12.00

In homage to the International Poetry Night, which was a feature of the annual New Beacon Books International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books (1982 - 1995), join us for one night only to soak up poetic rythms from ten diverse international poets! Ranging from 'the humorous to the darkly gothic...and everywhere in-between', the evening is led by acclaimed poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. 

Wordsmiths representing the continent of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, the UK and the USA include Imtiaz Dharker, Vesna Goldsworthy, Lorna Goodison, John Hegley, Tabish Khair, Vladimir Lucien, E Ethelbert Miller, Selina Nwulu and Rafeef Ziadah. Also appearing will be Jay Bernard the GPI's recent Poet-in-Residence. 


Book tickets through the British Library  Concessions Available  Email:  Venue: The British Library Conference Centre 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB

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Celebrating 50 years of New Beacon Books