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Remembering Oluwale

In the current circumstances we have taken the decision to cancel our public facing events which we were due to host in the coming weeks. This decision will come into effect from Monday 16 March and covers all events scheduled until 30 April 2020. Events planned after this date will be kept under review. Please keep checking for updates.

David Oluwale

The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA), Leeds Beckett University, Renaissance One and The Leeds Library present

Remembering Oluwale: A Creative Workshop and Presentation Showcase with Caryl Phillips and guests

This event is an opportunity to experience stories, talks, and music on the story of David Oluwale, and to write, speak, and share your personal response.

During this unique and intimate workshop Leeds Library patron and world-class author Caryl Phillips, who grew up in Leeds, will introduce literary and poetic responses to the David Oluwale story and share his own writing. You will be introduced to the history of David Oluwale by sociologist and Secretary to the #RememberOluwale charity in Leeds, Max Farrar, who has long been researching Oluwale's life and death, alongside Emily Zobel Marshall, lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at Leeds Becket University, and member of the #RememberOluwale Board.

The tragic death of David Oluwale triggered an unprecedented number of creative responses from poets, artists and writers around the world. The most well-known is by Phillips himself entitled Northern Lights in his collection Foreigners — Three English Lives (Penguin Random House, 2007). Phillips is the founding Patron of the #RememberOluwale charity.

The workshop will incorporate a Q and A and reading with Phillips and Calypso performances by Tobago Crusoe and Melanie Abrahams.

As part of the workshop, there is an optional creative writing session. Participants will be encouraged to write creative responses to the Oluwale story and to share them publicly.

Following the session, an edited selection of new creative responses generated at, and beyond, the workshop will be published in a literary magazine in print and online by the David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA, aka #RememberOluwale).

This workshop is a collaboration between DOMA, leading literary producers and curators Renaissance OneLeeds Beckett University and The Leeds Library

This is a rare opportunity for members of the public, students and creatives to hear Caryl Phillips share his work, develop their own creative talent and discuss how we can find ways, through revisiting the Oluwale story, to tackle issues of racism, mental health, and homelessness in Leeds today through the arts. Wine and refreshments will be available at the end of the event.

Booking is essential. Tickets: £2 - £8

The School of Cultural Studies & Humanities is also delivering The Matthew Caygill Lecture 2020 - The Political Work of Archives of Black Life: David Oluwale, Stephen Lawrence and British History on 29 April 2020. More Information for this other event is available here.

Event Details

28 April 2020 -
28 April 2020
18:00 - 21:00
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