Legacies of Colonialism

Legacies of Colonialism

A powerful collection of events offers different perspectives on modern civilisation and our supposedly post-colonial world. Through history, commentary and creative responses, these authors track imperial trajectories that implicate almost every continent across the globe. Feminist authors challenge perceptions of the African continent based in colonial prejudices, economists interrogate the financial gains of the slave trade, historians examine countries colonised in shockingly recent history and more.

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Written in Wiradjuri and English, How to Make a Basket won Jazz Money the David Unaipon Award for its exploration of existence under a colonial state and its celebration of queer love. Andrés N Ordorica’s debut collection, At Least This I Know,...
 

William Dalrymple: The Privatised Imperialists

Monday 15 August 20:30 - 21:30

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200 years of tumultuous colonial history are contained within the pages of historian William Dalrymple’s four magisterial books The Anarchy, White Mughals, Return of a King and The Last Mughal. To celebrate a new edition of Dalrymple’s 20-year...
 

Scholastique Mukasonga: Mother Courage

Thursday 18 August 16:15 - 17:15

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Scholastique Mukasonga’s The Barefoot Woman, her second novel, is a testament to the bravery of her mother, a Tutsi woman who called on heartbreaking ingenuity to protect her children from Hutu soldiers during the Rwandan atrocities. In powerful...
 

Raymond Antrobus: Drawing Meaning From the Spaces

Friday 19 August 12:15 - 13:15

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With his highly anticipated second collection All the Names Given, Rathbone Folio Prize and Ted Hughes Award-winner Raymond Antrobus continues to speak to miscommunication, memory and identity, giving voice to the silences between us. Studied on the...
 

Abdulrazak Gurnah: Migration, the Story of Our Times

Saturday 20 August 19:30 - 20:30

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As the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah is riding a wave of new interest in his writing. Gurnah emigrated from his native Zanzibar in his youth and his stories are infused with issues of identity and displacement....
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Diego Garcia is an atoll in the Indian Ocean, evacuated in the 1970s to make way for a US military base. Diego Garcia is a novel, partly set in Edinburgh, by Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams. In the novel, Diego is also a person whose mother was...
 

Thomas Harding & Kojo Koram: What Was Taken?

Tuesday 23 August 13:00 - 14:00

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Inspired by a personal quest to learn more about Britain’s role in the slave trade, Thomas Harding tells the story of the Demerara Uprising, a key trigger in the abolition of slavery, in White Debt. In Uncommon Wealth, Kojo Koram traces the group of...
 

Howard W French: Why Africa is at the Centre of History

Saturday 27 August 10:30 - 11:30

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The world history you thought you knew is wrong. Howard W French’s Born in Blackness presents a new perspective on modern civilisation – from the point of view of Africa and its people. The impetus for the ‘Age of Discovery’ was not Europe’s...
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We welcome three exceptionally perceptive writers radically reshaping our understanding of the African continent. Tsitsi Dangarembga explores the intersections of her identities in Black and Female. Dipo Faloyin paints a vivid picture of modern Africa...