Conference Rates

There is a Full rate and Concession rate (for students, unemployed, retirees)

For the two days

The 'Early Bird' rate is available until 31st January 2018

Early Bird full registration £110
Concession £55

From 1st February 2018, the conference rates are

Full Registration £120
Concession £60

The 'Early Bird' rate is available 

Full £52
Concession £25.50

For single days

Full registration £62
Concession £32

There will be a conference dinner on Thursday 22nd March 2018 which will be an optional extra, £28 per person including drinks.

Please register and pay under the Payment Information.

Conference Dinner Menu


Jerk Chicken

 Served with

Rice n Pea's

With a jerk pepper sauce

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Jerk sweet potato & butter bean curry

Served with

Chick-pea & coriander rice

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Plantain chips

Okra salad


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Chilled mango & coconut rice pudding


Selection of tray bakes

Chocolate brownie, coconut & raspberry slice, flapjack


£28.00 per person including drinks


• Performance and readings by John Agard, Grace, Nicholls, Fred D'Aguiar, SuAndi, Jay Bernard, Kei Miller, Courttia Newland, Valerie Mason-John.

Invited Specialist Panellists

Pedagogy and Decolonising the Curricula

Joan Anim-Addo, Nathaniel Adam Tobias, Malachi McIntosh, Maria Helena Lima

Archiving and Longevity

Sandra Shakespeare and S.I. Martin (National Archives of Great Britain), Munira Mohamed (Black Cultural Archives), Sarah White (George Padmore Institute)

Publishing and Prizes

Susheila Nasta - Wasafiri,
Kadija (George) Sesay - SABLE,
Margaret Busby - S.I. Leeds Prize,
Pauline Walker - Alfred Fagon Award.

Poetics and Performance

Winsome Pinnock, Dorothea Smartt, Roy Williams.



  • Ronnie McGrath Paintings and Poems - A former musician, Ronnie McGrath is a founding member of the cultural musical group The London Afro Blok, who toured Europe, performed for the Queen and opened the Commonwealth Games in British Columbia, Canada. He has exhibited his art throughout London and published paintings in Callaloo: Journal of African American Arts and Letters. As a writer and poet Ronnie has published work in various anthologies: IC3 Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, Black Lives Have Always Mattered, a collection of essays, poems and personal narratives, a novel, On The Verge of Losing It and Data Trace, a collection of his innovative poetry. A former course Director of Creative Writing at University of the Arts London, Ronnie currently teaches Creative Writing at Imperial College London. 

  • The John Blanke Project: The John Blanke Project is a contemporary Art and Archive project celebrating John Blanke the Black trumpeter to the Tudor courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII, the first person of African descent for whom we have both an image and a record.  
  • CEN8
  • National Caribbean Heritage Museum
  • Voices That Shake!: Young Voices in Arts, Race, Media, Power (TBC)
  • Eye 2 Eye Productions Black Theatre Archive

Participating Organisations

  • National Black Arts Alliance                         
  • Pearson Publishing                   
  • Words of Colour                      
  • Runnymede Trust
  • Arvon
  • Oberon Books
  • Peepal Tree Press 
  • Norwich Writers’ Centre 
  • New Beacon Books

Confirmed Keynotes

Carole Boyce Davies Profile image

Carole Boyce-Davies

Carole Boyce-Davies is a Caribbean-American professor, author, and scholar who is currently professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. She is the recipient of two major awards in 2017:  The  Franz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association and the Distinguished Africanist Award from the New York State African Studies Association. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of Universities and is the author or editor of thirteen (13) books including the 3-volume Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora  She serves on the International Scientific Committee of UNESCO General History of Africa, Volume 9. She has lectured on Black Women’s Writings and Experience, Black Left Feminism, African diaspora issues, at major colleges and universities in Brazil, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, India, and China. She has held visiting professorships at University of Brasilia, Brasil,  Beijing Foreign Studies University, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.  As Director of African New World Studies at Florida International University, she developed Florida Africana Studies Consortium and served on the Commissioner of Education’s Task Force for Implementing the Florida Mandate for the Teaching of African American experience.  She has been president of major academic organizations such as the African Literature Association and Caribbean Studies Association (2015-2016).  

Title: 'Decolonial Gaps'


Carole Boyce Davies

Aime Cesaire had once said that Nazism was a natural outcome of European philosophy of racial categorization and its assumptions about colonizing the so-called lesser races.  But he also warned about “The modern barbarian. The American hour."  Much of this has been clarified by the recent assertion of Trumpism and its clarification of these interconnected colonial relationships.  Annibal Quijano in the "Coloniality of Power" (2000) had indicated the nature of this collaboration as had Sylvia Wynter in "Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom:  Towards the Human,  after Man, Its Overrepresentation -- an Argument," (2003). This keynote lecture addresses the theme of the conference,  On Whose Terms, by examining the decolonial gaps which remained hidden in post-colonial discourses, particularly as these relate to the US in this new era.

Charlotte Williams Profile Picture

Charlotte Williams

Charlotte Williams is Professor of Social Work and Deputy Dean of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She has written extensively within her academic discipline on issues of migration, race and ethnicity in social welfare practice.  Her most recent works include Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st Century Social Work (2016) (Ed.), Social Work in a Diverse Society (2016), A Tolerant Nation? : Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales (2003, 2015). ).  Her contributions to post-colonial studies include her memoir, Sugar and Slate (2002), exploring her Welsh-Guyanese heritage and diasporic identity which was awarded Welsh Book of the Year in 2003, as co-editor Denis Williams: A Life in Works, New and Collected Essays (2010), regular contributions to the Internationalist Journals Planet, and Wasafiri  and in 2015 she published ‘Auntie’ in the collection Tangled Roots :Stories of Mixed Race Britain, edited by Katie Massey.

Charlotte was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List (2007) for services to ethnic minorities and equal opportunities in Wales.

Title: ‘Spaces of possibility’: Beyond the metropolis


Charlotte Williams OBE

What type of critical intervention can perspectives from ‘elsewhere’ places and spaces in the UK offer to the story of the development of Black British literature? How might spaces beyond the metropolis feature in the canon of Black British Literature?   In tracking the evolution of Black British literature commentators are slowly acknowledging ‘other voices’ and narrative projections articulating experiences that challenge monolithic ideas about Britishness and assert their significance as expressions of the multifaceted identities. Drawing on work from my ‘home’ country Wales, I am going to argue for more space and valorisation of what these perspectives bring to the story – in their own terms – more specifically in terms of being ‘of the place’ and yet ‘out of place’.  In taking this (for me) transdisciplinary leap I will use this small body of work from Wales and show how it speaks to a wider literature sometimes called ‘mixed-race’ literature, opening out both the “Black” and the “British” of the Black British Literature imaginary.

Fred D’Aguiar

Fred D’Aguiar is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to UCLA, he has taught at a number of prestigious institutes including the University of Miami, Virginia Tech, Cambridge University, Amherst College, and Bates College. His first collection of poetry, Mama Dot (1985), was published to much acclaim and has been followed by a further seven collections - Airy Hall (1989), British Subjects (1993), Bill of Rights (1998), Bloodlines (2000), An English Sampler (2001), Continental Shelf (2009), and his most recent poetry collection, The Rose of Toulouse(2013) - establishing his reputation as one of the finest British poets of his generation. D’Aguiar is also the author of several novels. His first novel, The Longest Memory (1994), won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. His other novels include Dear Future (1996), Feeding the Ghosts (1996), Bethany Bettany (2003), and most recently, Children of Paradise (2014), which tells the story of a utopian society and explores oppression of both mind and body. In addition to this, D’Aguiar has authored a number of plays, including High Life (1987), A Jamaican Airman Foresee His Death (1991), and a radio play, Mr Reasonable, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize, and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the Costa award. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the London Book Award. It was shortlisted for the JR Ackerley prize. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories Wish I Was Here won the Decibel British Book Award. She also writes for children and her book Red Cherry Red (Bloomsbury) won the Clype award. She has written extensively for stage and television. Her most recent plays Manchester Lines (produced by Manchester Library Theatre) and The New Maw Broon Monologues (produced by Glasgay) were a great success. Her most recent book is a collection of stories, Reality, Reality. She is currently working on her new novel, Bystander. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar—the National Poet for Scotland—in March 2016.

Profile of John McLeod

John McLeod

John McLeod is Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures at Leeds University. In 2009 he was the Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Institute for History and Culture at the University of Utrecht, and in 2014 was a Transatlantic Forum Scholar at Washington University in St Louis, USA. His most recent publication, Life Lines: Writing Transcultural Adoption (2015), explores fiction, film, and memoir writing concerning the adoption of children across the lines of culture, race, and nation. It addresses the transgressive and transformative possibilities of transcultural adoption, presented in the concept of ‘adoptive being’. He is the author of Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis (2004), J.G Farrell (2007), and Beginning Postcolonialism (2000). McLeod is the co-editor of The 1970s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction (2014), The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies (2007), and The Revisions of Englishness (2004). In addition to this, he is also on the editorial boards of a number of journals in postcolonial studies - Moving Worlds, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, New Literatures Review, Journal of Commonwealth Literature - and has guest-edited two issues of Kunapipi. McLeod was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to support research concerning migration and mobility amid the prohibitions of 21st-century globality, with a particular focus on transcultural adoptees, elite sporting figures and documented migrants in world cities.

Title: 'Black British Writers and Transracial Adoption'


John McLeod

The phenomenon of so-called transracial adoption is a distinct material consequence of the emergence of post-war and contemporary black Britain, but one rarely considered in cultural texts until relatively recently.  My keynote address engages with a range of these texts in order to explore the ways in which representing  transracial adoption raises a range of vexing questions, including such matters as the materialisation and entrenchment of race, the racial politics of adaptability, biocentric notions of cultural provenance and ‘blood-lines’, conceptions of generational and cultural reproduction, and more besides.  As I argue, black British representations of transracial adoption have the capacity both to capture an ongoing domain of racial inequality and to imagine incipient modes of personhood and being which breach the conventional parameters of race, culture and ‘identity’”.