This free evening event rounds off a day-long conference on The Windrush Scandal in its Transnational and Commonwealth Context, offering us an opportunity to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Windrush and to reflect on the contributions of the so-called ‘Windrush Generation’ to British society.
Readings from the internationally renowned poet and playwright, John Agard will form the centrepiece of the evening. John will be supported by calypsonian, Tobago Crusoe.
Agard was born in British Guiana (present-day Guyana) in 1949 and has lived in the UK since 1977 working for the Commonwealth Institute and the BBC. He is the winner of the 1997 Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry and the 2021 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. In November 2021 he became the first poet to be awarded the Book Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His works have featured on the AQA English GCSE syllabus since 2002. He has been engaged in a wide range of Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange initiatives, including serving as poet-in-residence at the National Maritime Museum in 2008. One of his famous poems implores us to ‘remember the ship in citizenship’ and fittingly offers us the title of this evening’s event.
Tobago Crusoe is a calypsonian, composer, musician and a performing artist with over 30 years experience. He won the Calypso Crown in 1983 with "Don't Cry Now" and "South Africa". Crusoe is well-regarded for his extempo mastery and ranks with the best in the artform. His compositions are unique and thought provoking and he has appeared in the films Paddington and Paddington 2 and the CD of the same name. Crusoe has performed around the world to international audiences, including festivals and events in Madison Square Garden, Turin, Barcelona and Germany. He was the Calypsonian-in-Residence at London Is The Place For Me Caribbean festival at the British Library in 2018. Currently the lead singer of Calypso outfit ‘Tobago and D’Lime’ he has a long history of musical collaborations including the legendary performers Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose and Singing Sandra. He was awarded with a position in the Sunshine Awards Hall of Fame for his contribution to Calypso music (2011).
This event has been supported by the School of Advanced Study, John Coffin Memorial Fund and Renaissance One.
This event is free to attend, but booking is required.