Black Poppies – Britain’s Black Community and the Great War

Thursday 11 November 2021

Join author Stephen Bourne this Remembrance Day as we explore the military and civillian wartime experiences of Britain’s black community.


Stephen Bourne will give an illustrated talk about his award-wining book Black Poppies. It was published by The History Press to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of Britain’s Black community, from the trenches to the music halls. Poignantly, it concludes by examining the anti-black ‘race riots’ of 1919. In cities such as Cardiff and Liverpool, Black citizens came under attack from returning white soldiers who resented their presence, in spite of what they and their families had done for Britain during the war.

Stephen Bourne has been writing Black British history books for thirty years. His latest book Deep Are the Roots – Trailblazers Who Changed Black British Theatre was recently published by The History Press. For further information go to his website

When you book, you will receive confirmation. The link to join the event will be emailed to you in the 24 hours before the event starts. This event will be delivered on Zoom.

We look forward to having you join us!