In preparation for their study later this year of Samuel Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners, an iconic chronicle of post-war Caribbean migration to Britain, and to mark National Windrush Day, the Lower Sixth A Level English Literature students attended a rhythm and poetry event at The London Library in St James’s Square.
Hosted in conjunction with the Royal Society of Literature, the evening was an opportunity for our students to hear poetry being performed that was directly related to the experiences of Caribbean people once they arrived in Britain and the struggles they faced.
The evening was hosted by eminent poet Raymond Antrobus with performances by other leading writers such as Dean Atta and Malika Booker. Each performance was also punctuated with a musical interlude, comprising of a reggae set mastered by an in-house DJ. The evening was of particular importance given that this year is the 75th anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks.