Archive Showcase: June

In 1971, one hundred years after it first opened, the Gifford Mission Hall on Gifford Street in Islington became the Keskidee Centre. it was bought for £9000 by Oscar Abrams, a Guyanese architect and cultural activist, and was for several years a pioneering cultural centre dedicated to promoting the work of emerging artists from the African and Caribbean diaspora. The Keskidee's motto was: "A Community Discovering Itself Creates Its Own Future".

Sarah's Backchat from the Bocas Litfest

Trinidad April 2013 – my first trip for 14 years, and my first visit without John. I have been invited down by the Bocas Litfest to receive an award on behalf of New Beacon Books. I am combining this honour with a long needed visit to John’s family in Arima.

A Tribute to Jayne Cortez

Dig My Archives Pop-Up Exhibition

Dig My Archives
A pop-up exhibition of the two-year Dig My Archives Schools Project run by the George Padmore Institute

Archive Showcase: May

We are starting a monthly archive showcase at the GPI. Each month we will be highlighting an item from our archive, writing about it, posting up images, or appealing for information. Below is the first of these showcases - one of our regular volunteers, Heiba Lamara, has been reading the Blackman Journal. Watch out for further showcases from next month in our news stream and on our Facebook page.

The GPI at the Bocas Lit Fest

Sarah White, the GPI's secretary, left for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on Wednesday 17th April for the country's third annual Bocas Lit Fest. She is there to give an informal presentation on the work of her partner, the late John La Rose, New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute, as well as to accept a lifetime achievement award. The Bocas Lit Fest has this year inaugurated The Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters which honours service to Caribbean literature by broadcasters, critics, editors, publishers and others.


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