- The Mayor of London is hosting a free public event, 'Arrival: celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed' to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Windrush on Saturday 30 June
- Penguin Live have programmed a series of events in London’s Living Room at City Hall, celebrating the Windrush generation and their impact on London through workshops, panel discussions and spoken word performances
- Participating Penguin authors include Colin Grant, Bernardine Evaristo and Nikesh Shukla, illustrator and author Nadia Shireen, and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson
- Find out more about Arrival and get your tickets at arrivalwindrush.eventbrite.co.uk
On Saturday 30 June Penguin Live is collaborating with the Mayor of London’s Office to host a series of events for Arrival: celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed, in London’s Living Room at City Hall.
Arrival: celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed will tell the stories of the Windrush generation and celebrate their contribution to life in London, 70 years since the ship Empire Windrush arrived into Tillbury Docks from the Caribbean. By shining a spotlight on the recent immigration and visa issues affecting so many Commonwealth citizens, Arrival will honour these communities and act as a springboard for crucial conversations; including how we encourage discussion and preserve their stories for the future.
Penguin Live has programmed five sessions throughout the afternoon, focusing on the voices of Windrush through storytelling, workshops and spoken word performances:
Penguin Authors Panel: Explorations of Windrush and Beyond in Literature
For decades Caribbean writing in the UK struggled to match the 1960s golden period. With a few exceptions, during this barren period the successors to Sam Selvon and V.S Naipaul were overlooked, marginalised and forgotten. In recent years, though, we've witnessed a renaissance of writing from their literary descendants.
Join Colin Grant, author of the forthcoming England Fever: Voices of Caribbean Migration to Britain, Bernardine Evaristo, award-winning author of Blonde Roots, Sara Collins, author of the forthcoming The Confessions of Frannie Langton and Penguin WriteNow mentee Lemara Lindsay-Prince as they discuss Caribbean migrant stories in literature past, present and future. Their books provide valuable opportunities for these voices to be read at this pivotal time in British culture.