£10 - 17 full price, £8 - 15 concessions
A night of live poetry and discussion
in tribute to the multifaceted artist that was James Baldwin, exploring the
failure of the media to recognise his life’s work beyond the singular narrative
of the Black experience in America.
A novelist, playwright, poet and
essayist, James Baldwin was a writer of considerable talent. Baldwin broke new
literary ground with his vivid and relentless explorations of racial and social
issues, however he felt strongly that his work should not be exclusively
defined by his identity. The implications of being viewed as a voice for a
whole race weighed heavily on him and during his lifetime, he deliberately
strove to position himself and his writing outside of the African-American
Join us for a discussion featuring speakers deeply influenced by Baldwin, along with live readings of some of his most interesting poems, essays and works by contemporary poets he inspired. We'll hear from scholar, writer, publisher and editor Dr. Michelle Asantewa
and poets Dean Atta
and Keith Jarrett
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After the show, there's the opportunity to Carry on the Conversation, where you can mingle with your fellow attendees to discuss and debate what you've just heard.
if you book full price tickets for all three events in the programme. Find out more about the other two events:Fail Better 2020: Samuel Beckett
Fail Better 2020: Che Guevara