Telling Our Stories (campus poems)
As part of Black History Month 2019, we have produced a collection of poetry which will be showcased across the campus.
Telling Our Stories features 11 poems by contemporary black British poets curated by writer Indigo Williams. From Zimbabwe to Nigeria to London, the poems cover themes of ethnicity, family, home, and what it means to be a black British person.
Each poem presents a distinct voice that shares stories of the past, present and future that have influenced who they are and how they see themselves.
The collection features the following:
- Toni Giselle – Stuart (library)
- Ioney Smallhorne – Etymology (Student Village)
- Indigo Williams – The Organist (LSU)
- Yomi Sode – The Outing (library)
- Keith Jarrett – Skank v. (t) (LSU poster holder near James France)
- Belinda Zhawi – South of South East (LSU bus shelter - this poster will only be displayed from w/c 21/10/19)
- Tania Nwachukwu – Grip-Release-Grip (Student noticeboard in the Student Village)
- Inua Ellams – Ghetto van Gogh (Whitworth Reception)
- Raymond Antrobus – Maybe my most important identity is being a son (noticeboard outside Martin Hall)
- Theresa Lola – Portrait Of Us As Snow White (FM Yard bus shelter - this poster will only be displayed from w/c 21/10/19)
- Ada Ughanwa – Shackles (Elvyn Richards dining hall)
Many of the works will also be displayed on digital screens across campus.
Indigo Williams is a British-Nigerian poet, writer and spoken word educator from Brixton. She is passionate about the ways in which art can transform how we perceive the world and its ability to facilitate critical consciousness.
Black History Month 2019
This project is part of a series of events and activities taking place to raise awareness of Black History Month.The full events programme aims to honour the contributions, achievements and histories of black people among our staff, students and wider community. More information can be found here.