Launch of Online Publication "New Beacon Books - the pioneering years"

As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded Dream to Change the World Project, Dr. Ruth Bush has undertaken an original and valuable piece of research on the early origins of New Beacon Books, the UK’s first black publishing house and book shop. Central to this study is John La Rose, founder of New Beacon, who was able to commission many of New Beacon’s publications through his close personal contacts and friendships with a number of writers. 

An Evening With Lloyd Bradley

New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute present their second joint event for 2014: An Evening With Lloyd Bradley on Thursday 10th April.

Bradley will be reading from and discussing his current book 'Sounds Like London 100 Years of Black Music In The Capital'. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed, best-selling 'Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King'. New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute look forward to seeing you at this stimulating evening.

 

Book Launch

New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute present their first joint event for 2014: a Celebration and Reading with Tabish Khair of his new novel published by Corsair- HOW TO FIGHT ISLAMIST TERROR FROM THE MISSIONARY POSITION

In Celebration of the Life of Jessica Huntley

In Celebration of the Life of Jessica Huntley

By Michael La Rose, Chair of the George Padmore Institute

As Chair of the George Padmore Institute, I would like, on behalf of all the people around the GPI, New Beacon Books and the International Book Fair family, to send our heartfelt condolences and pledge our support to Eric, Chauncey and Accabre and the entire Huntley family, on the passing of Jessica Huntley. 

The Passing of Jessica Huntley, 1927-2013

The GPI notes with great sadness the recent passing of Jessica Huntley on Sunday, 13 October 2013, at the age of 86. 

We give thanks for a life lived with activism, commitment, love and meaning and extend our condolences to Eric, her husband of 60 years and their children and grandchildren. 

Please see the tributes below.

Tribute by Professor Gus John:

The 3rd John La Rose Memorial Lecture

Ngugi wa Thiong'o's lecture at the AfroEuropes conference (1 – 4 October, 2013)  was a powerful reminder of the conviction of his ideas and his voice. During four days of papers which explored political and cultural dimensions of what might be meant by “AfroEuropean identity”, questions of language came up again and again. We asked what role did translation play in that space? How were political and cultural institutions across Europe shaped by the global dominance of English in particular?

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