Dorset's Hidden Histories with Louisa Adjoa Parker
This online talk will explore the presence of people with African heritage in Dorset over the past 400 years. This will include looking at local connections with the Transatlantic slave trade; local abolitionists; African American GIs in Dorset; Louisa's personal story of life in West Dorset; as well as what life is like for black and brown people living in Dorset today, how the Black Lives Matter movement may have affected them and what white people can do to become true allies. Q&A to follow.
Supported by Bridport Rights Respecting Town, the Unitarian Chapel in the Garden, South West Dorset Multicultural Network and the UNITE community, W.Dorset branch.
Any additional funds raised after the cost of the event will be supporting: https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/yemen/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwaSG8p6d6gIVDLDtCh3nFA2REAAYAiAAEgJKovD_BwE
Louisa Adjoa Parker is a writer of English-Ghanaian heritage who lives in south west England. Her first poetry collection, Salt-sweat and Tears, and pamphlet were published by Cinnamon Press, and her third poetry collection, How to wear a skin, was published by Indigo Dreams.
Louisas poetry and prose has appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies including Envoi; Wasafiri; Acumen; Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe); and Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories (Peepal Tree). She has been highly commended by the Forward Prize; twice shortlisted by the Bridport Prize; and her grief poem, Kindness, was commended by the National Poetry Competition 2019.
Louisa has written books and exhibitions exploring Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) history, and set up the Where are you really from? project telling stories of black and brown rural life. Her first short story collection will be published later this year by Colenso Books; and she has a forthcoming coastal memoir, to be published by Little Toller Books.
Louisa Adjoa Parker
Writer, poet, speaker
Diversity & Inclusion consultant, The Inclusion Agency
New poetry collection How to wear a skin out now: www.indigodreams.co.uk/louisa-adjoa-parker/4594728255
Stories of black & brown rural life: www.whereareyoureallyfrom.co.uk
ONLINE EVENT (View)
Chapel in the Garden, 49 East Street
BRIDPORT DT6 3JX