British Library, The James Berry Trust and Renaissance One presents The James Berry Archive
"Windrush did jus’ come an’ save me..."
Hannah Lowe, Myra Barrs, Susanna Howard, Raymond Antrobus, and Philip Cowell (Chair), present written and spoken gems from the archive of Jamaican poet James Berry and offer insights into his life and work. The archive, which was acquired by the British Library in 2012, includes photographs, manuscripts, diaries, audio-visual materials and poetry notebooks spanning the length of his career. Lowe will discuss the strategies and nuances of his collection Windrush Songs (2007), which published many years after the real Empire Windrush arrived to Tilbury, evokes a key moment in migration history based on the poet's memories of his journey and arrival.
A partnership between Renaissance One and the James Berry Trust as part of The Independence Project, funded by Arts Council England
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