Conferences and Events


The Black Writers Book Club

The Black Writers Book Club presents Notebook of a Return to My Native Land by Aimé Césaire

Wednesday 27 January 2021 - 7pm till 8pm

'Nothing less than the greatest lyrical monument of the time' - Andre Breton

As we welcome the new year, we continue to send love and positivity to all our members in these painful and testing times. The Black Writers' Book Club kicks off 2021 with our fifth meeting, an exploration of poetry and resistance to fortify us all, in the form of Notebook of a Return to My Native Land by Aimé Césaire.

"[The Notebook] is a seminal text in Surrealist, French and Black literature [...] As a poet, Césaire believed in the revolutionary power of language, and in the Notebook, he combined high literary French with Martinican colloquialisms and archaic turns of phrase with dazzling new coinages. The result is a challenging and deeply moving poem on the theme of the future of the negro race which presents and enacts the poignant search for a Martinican identity. The Notebook opposes the ideology of colonialism by inventing a language that refuses assimilation to a dominant cultural norm, a language that teaches resistance and liberation." (from Bloodaxe Books)

We read books by Black authors and meet on the last Wednesday of every month to share our thoughts and ideas, inspiration and analysis.

All welcome. Please consider buying your copy from a black-owned independent bookshop where possible.

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Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau

Wednesday 25 November 2020 - 7pm till 8pm

Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau
Translated by Rose-Myriam Rejouis, Val Vinokurov

"On the edge of Fort de France, the capital of Martinique squats a shanty town. It goes by the name of Texaco.

One dawn, a stranger arrives – an urban planner, bearing news. Texaco is to be razed to the ground. And so he is lead to Marie-Sophie Laborieux, the ancient keeper of Texaco’s history, who invites her guest to take a seat and begins the true story of all that is to be lost.

Texaco is a creole masterpiece. Told in a newly forged language, it is a riotous collage of the indigenous Caribbean and colonial European influences; a kaleidoscopic epic of slavery and revolution, superstition and imagination; a story of human deceits and desires played out to the backdrop of uncontrollable, all-powerful History. First published in 1992, it was awarded France’s highest literary award, the Prix Goncourt, and remains an unequivocal classic of Caribbean literature." (from Granta)

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Black Rain Falling by Jacob Ross

Wednesday 28 October 2020 - 7pm till 8pm

The Black Writers Book Club (BWCB) is a community reading group centring the scholarship and creativity of Black authors. This Black History Month join us for a text that weaves morality, community, family, and society. Black Rain Falling is a crime novel with a sprawling focus, equally as detailed in its examination of Caribbean vistas and the human experience, as it is when skewering small-island politics and criminal exploitation.

No preparation is necessary: simply read the book and come prepared to share your ideas.

Ubuntu Coffee Saturday Presents Longest Journey a History of Black Lewisham

10 October 2020 - 10.30 am till 12.30 pm

It’s Black History Month 2020 and the Centre for the Caribbean and Diaspora Studies’ programme began with the local community in Lewisham. In Collaboration with UBUNTU, Professor Joan Anim-Addo re-considered her Longest Journey: A History of Black Lewisham, published in 1995, and asked how relevant Longest Journey remains in the present –25 years later – and most importantly, what further needs to be highlighted in borough’s history today.