Slate Weekender panel and readings: I’m Black So You Don’t Have To Be

Workstation (Creative Lounge), Sheffield
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX

Thur 12 Sept | 7 - 9.30pm
FREE - but booking required

Taking place as part of Black Arts World: Slate Weekender - a showcase of the new wave of Black* artists in the North.

After our festival launch taking place at Site Gallery from 6pm, join writer and broadcaster Colin Grant and guests Shabina Aslam, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Jeffrey Boakye to investigate and discuss whether it’s a good time to be black.

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Colin Grant (@colincraiggrant) is a writer, historian, editor, director and producer of Jamaican origin who works across television, radio and literature. Author of many books including memoir Bageye at the Wheel, and A Smell of Burning, his latest book, Homecoming, is a historical portrayal of Caribbean migration to Britain, developed through shared life stories.

Shabina Aslam (@bussingout) is a writer, producer and teacher based in Bradford.  She uses participant-led methods including oral history telling, to create high quality productions which challenge the status quo whilst investigating themes in the meaning of our identities.  Her latest project spotlights and investigates bussing in England of which she has lived experience. 

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a novelist and short story writer from Uganda who has written award winning works, including the novel Kintu and Lets Tell This Story Properly.  She lectures in Creative Writing at MMU and her recent work Manchester Happened was shortlisted for The Hearst Big Book Award.   

Jeffrey Boakye (@unseenflirt) is a writer and teacher, who is attentive and active to issues around race, education and culture. His book, Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime, was Rough Trade’s book of the year 2017, His new critically acclaimed book Black, Listed, explores the many labels used to describe blackness and its repercussions and effects.

Photo credit: Anthony Robling

Supported by City of Ideas and Slate – an Eclipse movement

Curated by: Melanie Abrahams

Producing Team: Melanie Abrahams, Sai Murray, Asher Jael, Grace Lee

City of Ideas is a partnership of major cultural organisations in the Cultural Industries Quarter area in Sheffield, led by Site Gallery. Through ambitious public art commissioning, collaborative events and talks programmes, and a critical exploration of the value of public space in contemporary cities, City of Ideas will make tangible the international impact of Sheffield's home-grown cultural talent and radically influence how city centres will look in the future.

City of Ideas Partners: Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace, Showroom Workstation, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Children's Media Conference, Eclipse Theatre, Forced Entertainment and Artworks. Funded by Arts Council’s Ambition for Excellence fund.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

Slate Weekender panel and readings: I’m Black So You Don’t Have To Be