Our next workshops & Courses
"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
Celebrating Toni Morrison at 90
Thursday 18th February 2021
6.30pm -8.30 pm
Toni Morrison (18th February 1931 - 5th August 2019) became the first Black and African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 for her novel Beloved. Her body of work centred on narrating the lives of Black people in American society, in their fullest complexities and by extension Africans in the diaspora in general. Racism, fascism, as we have seen continuously and grievously impacting Black lives, and the power of language to create or destroy, underpinned much of her non-fiction discourses. A this year marks her 90th birthday, we invite you to bring your favourite quotations, ideas, phrases, remarks, anecdotes or thoughts, along with a glass or two of your preferred calling, and some sweet hip expanding desirable to celebrate in a style becoming of the way Ms Morrison loved to make merry.
Afrofuturism: 6 Week Creative Writing Course
Wednesdays from 31st February 2021:
2021: At this critical intersection of world history, how can the experiences of 2020 and beyond be imagined through African eyes?
This creative writing exploration will focus on speculative and experimental fiction to create worlds and (re)imagined experiences centred on Africa: its past, present, and futures. African Spiritual Systems, Magical Realism, 'Animism', Oraliterature, Sci fi, Fantasy, Graphic Illustration/Novel are forms that can richly accentuate African history, politics (such as Pan-Africanism) and vast cultures, and project far-reaching, critically redemptive narratives on African futures. These themes will be debated and contextualised to underscore the ways they are used to situate Africa at the origin and centre of humanity.
A mix of lectures, seminars and inspired writing: Each week, based on a set theme, you will initiate/develop a piece of writing to be shared during seminar break-outs for peer feedback and tutorial analysis. You will be expected to consider this course a journey of re-discovery, decolonisation and re-centering process as concerns the peoples and places of the Continent and its diaspora.
You will read from selected texts/extracts which will form the basis of seminar discussions and to inspire your own illuminated writing. A reading list and outline will be sent upon registering for the course.
Course Tutor: Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa
The Amazing James Baldwin 6 Week Course
NEW Dates TBC
The Amazing James Baldwin: an exciting, interactive multi-media course to mark the release of the new Baldwin dramatic film 'If Beale Street could Talk'. This course also references the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro.This six-week course is an introduction to James Baldwin and a selection of his works. The course draws on a range of written and visual material to present an overview of his writings and contributions to the questions of race and identity, examining how they continue to impact us now.
We will use obscure video clips of James Baldwin (interviews, speeches, TV appearances) and some of his most widely received fiction and non-fiction writing, including Going to Meet the Man, Sonny’s Blues, Notes of a Native Son, and The Fire Next Time. Rare photos, paintings, and sketches that capture his spirit are also included.
Introduce Baldwin’s work to a new generation.
Highlight and explore his lesser known works.
Use his analysis of 1960s-80s society to interrogate present day local and global racism
Promote the consumption of Black history and literature
Course Leaders: Dr Michelle Asantewa, Donna Mckoy and Tony Warner.
Six previous courses at the Black Cultural Archives, New Beacon books and Genesis cinemas sold out so don't delay booking.