Job Opportunities: Citizens of a Common Future Project

Thanks to Resilient Heritage funding, made possible by National Lottery players, we are able to offer 2 job opportunities for our new project Citizens of a Common Future: forward steps for the George Padmore Institute. 
For further details, please visit our Job Opportunities page. Closing date for both applications: 8 September 2017. Any other enquiries to

Temporary Closure of George Padmore Institute from 4-20 August 2017


We will be closing the GPI search room and office from

Friday 4 August and will reopen on Monday 21 August.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused during this period.

If you wish to book research appointments for the week of 21 August, please contact us prior to 4 August.



Citizens of a Common Future

George Padmore Institute – Press Statement


The Trustees of the George Padmore Institute are delighted to announce that Resilient Heritage funding, made possible by National Lottery players, has been granted for their one-year Citizens of a Common Future project.

Launch of New Beacon Website

The New Beacon Developmemt Group have launched their new website. Visit for all book orders and to browse publications.

Follow the latest news and updates as the shop undergoes refurbishment over the coming month. Please note that the shop is closed temporarily.

Use the link (see left margin on this page) to navigate between the two websites.

GPI's First Poet-in-Residence Jay Bernard Live at the Roundhouse

Three GPI trustees (Sharmilla Beezmohun, Pat Harris and Sarah White) were delighted to experience Jay Bernard’s one woman show at the Roundhouse at the beginning of last month – 3 June.



Join Mervyn Morris on a rare visit to London for an exclusive in-conversation with Jamaican poet, writer and critic, Kei Miller, on Mervyn's life and distinguished writing career from pre-independence Jamaica to postcolonial times.

Thursday 4 May; 6.30 for 7.00pm;  admission £10

George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN




Celebration for New 25th Anniversary Edition of Witchbroom by Lawrence Scott

Join Lawrence Scott and Margaret Busby in conversation about this groundbreaking novel

Thursday 27 April

6.30 for 7.00pm

Admission £5.00

76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN

020 7272 4889;

Fundraising Lunch in New Year

Many of you would be wondering about if/when the GPI's annual fundraising lunch is happening this month.

We can confirm that it is not,but that there will be a celebratory fundraiser in the new year. This year's events around the 50th anniversary of New Beacon Books kept us very busy, with not enough time to prepare for our usual Christmas lunch.

You shall be updated about the exact date of the gathering in early 2017. Stay tuned!

Temporary Closure of George Padmore Institute from 21 December 2016 - 8 January 2017

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) Archives search room and office will be closed from Wednesday 21 December and will reopen on Monday 9 January.

NB: If you are planning to visit the GPI during the week of 9 Jan, please contact us by 20 December to make your research appointment.

For urgent enquiries during this period, please contact New Beacon Books on 020 7272 4889 or email   (21-24 December; 28-31 December: 1.30-6.00pm).

See you in 2017!

50 Year Anniversary of New Beacon Books - Print Activism in 21st Century Africa: Wasafiri Special Issue Launch

In the last of a series of events celebrating 50 years of New beacon Books on Thursday 8 December, the GPI and NBB present

Print Activism in 21st Century Africa:

Wasafiri Special Launch Issue

Sulaiman Adebowale (Amalion Publishing), Ruth Bush (bristol University), Mary Jay (African Books Collective) and Madhu Krishnan (Bristol University) discuss the challenges and trends for print activism in contemporary Africa.

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