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Talk WriteIdea Festival 2019: Colin Grant Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation

WriteIdea Festival 2019: Colin Grant Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation

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Key facts

Genre: Event with live subtitles

Synopsis

When Colin Grant was growing up in Luton in the 1960s, he learned not to ask his Jamaican parents why they had emigrated to Britain. “We’re here because we’re here,” his father would say. ‘You have some place else to go?’ But now, seventy years after the arrival of ships such as the Windrush, this generation of pioneers is ready to tell its stories.

Homecoming draws on over a hundred first-hand interviews, archival recordings and memoirs by the women and men who came to Britain from the West Indies between the late 1940s and the early 1960s. In their own words, we witness the transition from the optimism of the first post-war arrivals to the race riots of the late 1950s. We hear from nurses in Manchester; bus drivers in Bristol; seamstresses in Birmingham; teachers in Croydon; dockers in Cardiff; inter-racial lovers in High Wycombe, and carnival queens in Leeds. These are stories of hope and regret, of triumphs and challenges, brimming with humour, anger and wisdom. Together, they reveal a rich tapestry of Caribbean British lives. Homecoming is an unforgettable portrait of a generation which brilliantly illuminates an essential and much-misunderstood chapter of our history.

This event will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext working with MyClearText. 

Event details

Fri 15 Nov 2019, 7:00pm

Live subtitling & live streaming by Stagetext

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Venue details

Idea Store Whitechapel
321 Whitechapel Road
London
E1 1BU
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council