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Leeds Library Salon: On Freedom

  • The Leeds Library 18 Commercial St Leeds LS1 6AL (map)

Leeds Library Salon: a new quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality.  Presented by Leeds Library, and curated by Renaissance One.

Kei Miller, Naomi Sumner Chan, Sai Murray, The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA), Melanie Abrahams

Kei Miller, a writer of novels, poetry, essays and blogs, and a recipient of the Forward Prize for Poetry and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature will examine ideas and conceptions of freedom and emancipation. Playwright, poet and theatremaker Naomi Sumner Chan explores through poems and anecdotes ideas of religious freedom and freedom of sexual expression and, considers the question of when we follow religious rules, what are we free from and, what are we free to do? Ten years on from the 'FWords: Creative Freedom' project and his role within it, Sai Murray will reflect on the nature of freedom in our supposedly post-racial Black President/diverse Royal family world. The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) (Isobel Kamiya and Max Farrar) will talk about their use of the creative arts to reflect on the story of David Oluwale in Leeds, and promote freedom and social justice for all those who are marginalised and excluded today.  Hosted by Melanie Abrahams.  This event draws upon the contributors’ various and varied engagements with writing and culture, race, class and authority, and, activism and giving voice.

Tickets £5 

(L - R clockwise) Naomi Sumner Chan, Kei Miller, David Oluwale Memorial Association, Sai Murray

(L - R clockwise) Naomi Sumner Chan, Kei Miller, David Oluwale Memorial Association, Sai Murray

How much
have we not seen or felt or heard
because there was no word
for it — at least no word we knew?
We speak to navigate ourselves
away from dark corners and we become,
each one of us, cartographers.
— Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
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