To celebrate this year’s National Writing Day on the 26th June, the Stephen Lawrence Centre is delighted to be welcoming writer, poet and podcast host Derek Owusu. Join us and learn more about his newest project, SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, an anthology of essays about the position of Black men in Britain today, with contributors including poet Suli Breaks, award-winning author Alex Wheatle, Channel 4 news reporter Symeon Brown and Guardian journalist Joseph Harker.
There will be a limited number of copies on sale at the event, and Derek will be doing a small signing.
Light refreshments will be provided.
What is the experience of Black men in Britain? Where do Black men belong in school? In the media? In their own families? What about in the conversation about mental health, in the LGBT community, in grime music…? And how can these voices inspire, educate and add to the dialogue of diversity already taking place? With continued conversation around British identity, racism and diversity, there is no better time to explore these questions and give Black British men a platform to answer them. SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space is that platform.
Derek Owusu is a writer, poet, host of hit podcast Mostly Lit and mentor to young people at the charity, Urban Synergy. He discovered his passion for literature aged 23 – before then, he had never read a book cover-to-cover. It was a revelation that came too late for his university path so, instead of switching courses, he snuck into English Literature lectures at The University of Manchester. Derek believes passionately in the importance of writing and the power of storytelling, and wants to inspire more young people to take an interest in literature.
About National Writing Day:
National Writing Day is an annual celebration of writing designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power. On 26th June 2019, we will aim to inspire creative writing on a grand scale—young people are more inclined to write creatively if they see adults around them doing so and writing can benefit people of all ages.
National Writing Day is led by First Story, a national literacy charity dedicated to changing lives through writing, and supported by fifty-five Official Partners and numerous other associate organisations. It is made possible with support from Arts Council England and Old Possums Practical Trust.
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