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February 20, 2017 · 11:36 am

The power of words and actions!

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Still in rapture after last Saturday afternoon’s successful, “Read A Black Author,” flash mob. The aim of this fantastic event was to raise awareness of black authors and poets; boy did we raise awareness!

There I was at 2:45 smiling as I approached the famous Nottingham Market Square lions. Grinding to a halt, I pondered whether or not we were gathering at the left or right lion. The right beast stared into the grey distance, whilst a few Saturday afternoon shops sat at its feet gazing lovingly into their plastic bags. Onwards to the right lion; this is the spot I thought. Before long Panya Banjoko arrived, booked poised and smiling expectantly; it was about to begin.

Whilst Panya and I chatted about which books we’d bought (read on for further info), our fellow readers gathered – books aloft, glasses ready and a determination to raise awareness.

Greetings over, we sat down on the marbled steps of Nottingham’s Council House and got our books ready; a hush descended. We began to read. Initially I was aware of the inquisitive looks of shoppers and pedestrians, though soon they disappeared like shifting clouds in the distance; we became immersed in our reading. Not a sound was heard.

All too soon the event was over and we chatted for a while as we compared books. What a wonderful way to share a love of reading and writing – especially by black writers who are underrepresented in all levels of the writing industry.

 

Some of the attendees included:

Panya Banjoko – poet, performer, author and Unesco City of Literature Patron.

Sand Mahal –  UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature Director

Members of Black Writers and Artists Network

 

Books read included:

Blessings in the Storm by Carolyn Clarke

Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash

Hari at the Castle by Panya Banjoko

Oscar the Curious Cat by R M Stevens

Nottingham Connection by Lee Auboin

New Horizons of Hope by Victoria Williams

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Plot by Claudia Rankine

 

I look forward to next year’s event.

 

Charmaine Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The power of words and actions!

Still in rapture after last Saturday afternoon’s successful, “Read A Black Author,” flash mob. The aim of this fantastic event was to raise awareness of black authors and poets; boy did we raise awareness!

There I was at 2:45 smiling as I approached the famous Nottingham Market Square lions. Grinding to a halt, I pondered whether or not we were gathering at the left or right lion. The right beast stared into the grey distance, whilst a few Saturday afternoon shops sat at its feet gazing lovingly into their plastic bags. Onwards to the right lion; this is the spot I thought. Before long Panya Banjoko arrived, booked poised and smiling expectantly; it was about to begin.

Whilst Panya and I chatted about which books we’d bought (read on for further info), our fellow readers gathered – books aloft, glasses ready and a determination to raise awareness.

Greetings over, we sat down on the marbled steps of Nottingham’s Council House and got our books ready; a hush descended. We began to read. Initially I was aware of the inquisitive looks of shoppers and pedestrians, though soon they disappeared like shifting clouds in the distance; we became immersed in our reading. Not a sound was heard.

All too soon the event was over and we chatted for a while as we compared books. What a wonderful way to share a love of reading and writing – especially by black writers who are underrepresented in all levels of the writing industry.

 

 

 

Some of the attendees included:

Panya Banjoko – poet, performer, author and Unesco City of Literature Patron.

Sand Mahal –  UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature Director

Members of Black Writers and Artists Network

 

Books read included:

Blessings in the Storm by Carolyn Clarke

Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash

Hari at the Castle by Panya Banjoko

Oscar the Curious Cat by R M Stevens

Nottingham Connection by Lee Auboin

New Horizons of Hope by Victoria Williams

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Plot by Claudia Rankine

 

I look forward to next year’s event.

 

Charmaine Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey To Nottingham

Our next event at New Art Exchange this Thursday starting at 6:30, featuring a short docu-film by Ioney Smallhorne, the NBA Journey To Nottingham exhibition a debate hosted by Panya Banjoko and complimentary bun and cheese!!!

 

 

 

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Aint Nuthin But A Heartache…

 NBA and Trobadour Cultural Heritage Foundation present a rare opportunity to meet and hear from on of the first black stars to Appear on British Television, singer Viola Billups aka Pearly Gates from Alabama and Nottingham’s community activist Louise Garvey. This event will be at the Neville studio  (formerly  the Playroom) at Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday 17th October from 12pm  until 2.

flier designed by NBA’s very own Ioney Smallhorne


Pearly  Gate and Louise Garvey will be reminiscing about emigrating to the UK from different places, but via similar experiences in the 1960s and 1970s.  Louise and Pearly invite you to listen and share your memories and to bring your personal historical objects with you to share stories over a cup of tea and bun and cheese!

 

This event will also feature a themed NBA exhibition which will feature in the Upper Foyer during Black History Month including letters, artwork, photographs and documents from the Oswald George Powe collection.

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Stories From A Common Land…

NBA have recently been working with play-wright Mufaro Makubika  collecting information on the creation of the St Ann’s estate in the decade 1966- 1976 for his latest project Common Land.

We are looking for contributions in the form of documents, oral and written testimony, photographs that relate to the specifed date which will assist Mufaro in writing a play.

NBA have organized 9 sharing session in and around ST Anns where people can volunteer their time to share their experiences. There have been 5 session thus far where we have had the opportunity to connect with numerous people and hear some intriguing stories.

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If you would like to participate in this unique  project, and have connections to the St Anns area from 1966-1976   we still have four more session planned where you can come and share your stories.

We will be at:

the Stonebridge Farm Caribbean Day from 12-6pm  on 12th August  you can also enjoy a range of other Caribbean themed activites.

(this is a slight change from our previously advertised date)

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5-7pm 15th August: New Arts Exchange 31 Gregory Blvd NG7 6BE

12-4pm 19th August: St Anns Community Orchard  ‘ Activity Day’ Ransom Rd NG3 3PP

12-4 pm 9th September : St Anns Community Orchard ‘Heritage Day’   Ransom Rd NG3 3PP

If you are unable to attend one of our sharing sessions but would still like to contribute to the project please contact us…

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Common Land, c/o Bea Udeh NottinghamPlayhouse, Wellington Circus Nottingham NG1 5AF

Email

commonlandproject@gmail.com or Nottinghamblackarchive@gmail.com

Phone

07748715392

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Community Dialogue 2: The Screening

Cast your minds back to the end of May when the sun was shining brilliantly and we all felt like we were on a wonderful tropical Island… right hold that thought… we know with Tsunami like conditions as of late that might be difficult but try!

It was on one of those rare sunny days that over 30 elders and other guests congregated at the ACNA Centre in St Anns to be entertained, educated and enthralled by the work of Nottingham Black Archive (NBA).

The proceeding got underway with a brilliant start from Enid Brown from ACNA welcoming attendees followed by opening remarks from the Acting Chair Mr Hilton and a welcome from the new manager Veronica Sterling.

And as  the sun shone brightly NBA’s Learning, Engagement and Collections Manager Panya Banjoko led guests, friends and elders through a remarkable event which began with Asha Jazz, NBA’s Youth worker,  singing a wonderful rendition  of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ which had everyone clapping their hands and clicking their fingers in unison.

Next up an amusing rendition of ‘Serve’ from Marketing and community engagement officer Ioney Smallhorne that had everyone in fits of laughter as she relayed in poetic verse her experiences of being served in a traditional Jamaican shop. Next up Panya Banjoko performed her thought provoking poem ‘Bad Bwoys’ that had guest humming and aahhing in agreement.

Then the moment everyone had been waiting on tenterhooks for began, the screening of the highlights of NBA’s intergenerational project, followed shortly after by an in-depth discussion on how elders and youngers can continue to bridge the generation gap.

A success? Absolutely. The Acting Chair announcing at the end of the event that ‘NBA were welcome any time of the day and night to the ACNA Centre. ‘   NBA were suitably humbled when guests dipped into their pockets and made impromptu donations to the archive. NBA will be hosting many more events in the very near future so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

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