Talawa Arts: 100 Years of Black Resistance in England, 1921-2021(ish)

This is an interactive lecture and discussion about the Black British of Caribbean artists and activism in England, 1921-2021(ish).

The word “talawa” is Jamaican Patois for ‘small but mighty.’ It acts as a strong metaphor for the activism Caribbean people had to have to survive in England from as early as the 1920s.


In Britain, from as early as the 1950s with the Jamaican-import ska as the basis of British popular music, we cannot talk about a history of British music without talking about a Caribbean cultural output that goes back at least seventy years.

Prior to ska, there is an interwar history (1919-1938) of Black Caribbean artists – like Una Marson as the first Black playwright to stage a play in the West End.

Drawing from mediums including poetry and visual arts, poet-academic and Lab regular Tré Ventour-Griffiths will lead an interactive lecture and discussion on Caribbean artists in England over the past hundred(ish) years.

Date and time: Fri, 17 Mar 2023, 19:00 GMT

Location: THE LAB 95-97 Charles Street Northampton NN1 3BG

FB Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/909791660441223

Tré Ventour-Griffiths is a neurodivergent practitioner-academic [pracademic] as a public historian , as well as an artist and public sociologist. His writing has been published across poetry, journalism, and nonfiction, while he has further worked with organisations in the arts, education, third sector, and others on projects linked to race and disability. Tré is also PhD student at Kingston University exploring British Black Caribbean histories in the Town and Country. Much of his work also intersects with criminology, media and English literature, as well as film and televisions studies.