Today is World Poetry day. As Derek Walcott, the St Lucian poet and playwright passed away last week, it seems only appropriate to re-print a small excerpt of one of his earlier poems. This is taken from a book of collection of his poems that we have in our reference library under ref 821 WAL. We have a number of his plays and other poems in our archive and library collection. Should you wish to view any material related to him, then you can book a space in our reading room between Wednesday-Friday 10.0am-4.00pm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 0203 747 8511.
The fishermen rowing homeward in the dusk
Do not consider the stillness through which they move,
So I, since feelings drown, should no more ask
For the safe twilight which your calm hands gave.
Copyright Derek Walcott
A new exhibition tracing Black British music’s journey of creative independence.
Opens 7 April until 4 November 2017.
Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.
This timely exhibition combines sound, moving image and archive material, to dynamically tell the story of Black British music. Black Sound takes you through three phases of this musical journey: Original Imports, D.I.Y Culture and Re-mastering the Mainstream. These themes are consistent throughout the history of Black British music, linking individuals, generations and genres – tracking the evolution of multi-cultural Britain through sound.
Black Sound is a raw and energetic exhibition that draws on BCA’s archive collection of ephemera, photographs, vinyl, cassettes, and music tracks to showcase the musical heritage of Black people across the UK. The exhibition narrative has been developed by Lloyd Bradley, author of the critically acclaimed anthology of Black British music Sounds Like London. Bradley’s narrative sews together the rich social history with a powerful soundscape of Black Britain. Audio guided tours will feature as part of the exhibition experience and visitors can listen to a mix of the top 100 most seminal albums from the last 100 years.
Free admission. The exhibition experience includes an audio-guided tour for £3.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm)
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The Amazing James Baldwin
Wednesdays, 19, 26 April and 3, 10, 17 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm
An exciting, interactive multi-media course to mark the release of the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck. This five-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.
It 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: Tony Warner and Dr Michelle Asantewa
£50.00 for five-week course.