Thursday, 28 February 2013

New Beacon Book Club

Dear All,
New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute are pleased to announce the start of a new book club as part of the GPI’s current Bookman Research Project into the early years of New Beacon Publishing.
This will be an open forum bringing together different generations to talk about important or influential books published by New Beacon. All will be very welcome, regardless of previous knowledge of these books and their histories. Extracts from the texts will be circulated for you to read before each session and the conversations will be guided by someone with specialist knowledge of each book and its historical context.
All sessions will take place at the George Padmore Institute. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided.
Numbers will be limited in order to allow everyone to participate, so if you would like to take part, please email us as soon as possible at We will then send you a PDF file of the text for the first session. If you would prefer a printed copy to be posted to you, please include your mailing address in your email.
Our programme is as follows:
Session 1. Foundations and the poetry of John La Rose
Thursday March 14th, 6.30 – 8pm
Facilitator: Linton Kwesi Johnson

Session 2. Criticism at New Beacon (
New Beacon Reviews and Tradition, the writer & Society, Wilson Harris)
Wednesday April 10th, 6.30 – 8pm
Facilitator: Rachael Gilmour (Queen Mary, University of London)

Session 3. 
How the West Indian Child is made educationally sub-normal in the British school system, Bernard Coard
Wednesday May 15th, 6.30 – 8pm
Facilitator: Roxy Harris (Kings College London/George Padmore Institute)
Session 4. Poems of succession and the poetry of Martin Carter.
Wednesday June 12th 6.30 – 8pm
Facilitator: Gemma Robinson (University of Stirling)
We look forward to seeing many of you and sharing ideas at these gatherings.
Ruth Bush, Sarah White, Sarah Garrod, Kate Duncan
George Padmore Institute
76 Stroud Green Road
N4 3EN
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