The Russian Revolution and the Black Atlantic Conference

From David Featherstone:

The Red and the Black: The Russian Revolution and the Black Atlantic Conference organised by the Institute for the Black Atlantic Research to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The conference which aims to explore the impact the revolutionary events in Russia during 1917 made across the African diaspora, will also feature live performances by the American singer and songwriter David Rovics (Friday evening 13th Oct.) and the Nigerian-born, Liverpool-based playwright and singer Tayo Aluko (Sun. 15th at 1.30). Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Winston James (University of California, Irvine), Dr Cathy Bergin (University of Brighton) and Prof. Hakim Adi(University of Chichester).

Info and programme here

Linton Kwesi Johnson, the Jamaican-born “dub poet,” political orator, musician and journalist will read his poetry at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston  on Saturday 14 October at 8 PM.

Kwesi Johnson, a former member of the Black Panthers, developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. His first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead, was published in 1974 by Race Today. In 2002 he became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist. Linton Kwesi Johnson has also been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981.

Kwesi Johnson performance is a part of The Red and the Black: The Russian Revolution and the Black Atlantic Conference organised by the Institute for the Black Atlantic Research to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The conference which aims to explore the impact the revolutionary events in Russia during 1917 made across the African diaspora, will also feature live performances by the American singer and songwriter David Rovics (Friday evening 13th Oct.) and the Nigerian-born, Liverpool-based playwright and singer Tayo Aluko (Sun. 15th at 1.30). Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Winston James (University of California, Irvine), Dr Cathy Bergin (University of Brighton) and Prof. Hakim Adi(University of Chichester).

The events will take place in UCLAN’s Media Innovation Studio (the 4th floor of Media Factory, Kirkham St, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2XY).

Tickets for both performances and the conference are available at Ticket Source: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/386462

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