Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children

Dec 04 2018 19:00 - 21:00

Pages of Hackney, 70 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0RN London


Join us as we welcome Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Riaz Phillips, and Sharmaine Lovegrove to discuss the new anthology, Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Generation

For the pioneers of the Windrush generation, Britain was 'the Mother Country'. They made the long journey across the sea, expecting to find a place where they would be welcomed with open arms; a land in which you were free to build a new life, eight thousand miles away from home.

This remarkable book explores the reality of their experiences, and those of their children and grandchildren, through 22 unique real-life stories spanning more than 70 years.

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is an award-winning journalist and editor, writing about race, feminism, culture and social politics. She is deputy editor at gal-dem, a columnist at the i paper, a writer and editor for Dazed, and a freelance journalist for the Guardian, the FT, and VICE. In 2017 Charlie won the Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism, and she is also a regular panelist and speaker on radio and TV.

Sharmaine Lovegrove is the publisher of Dialogue Books, an inclusive imprint at Hachette, and founder of Pree, a magazine for Caribbean writing.

Riaz Phillips is a London-based writer and photographer. Born in Hackney and raised in north London, he studied politics and economics at university in London followed by postgraduate study at Oxford. After this, he founded Tezeta Press – a publishing house dedicated to under-represented ideas and cultures. Its first release, Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK, documents Britain's hidden Caribbean history.

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