Date: Saturday 28th January 2017
Venue: Light House, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT
Show Starts: 6.00pm
As part of the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, Light House warmly welcomes author Andrew Smith who will be presenting a reading and Q&A about his recently published novel ‘The Speech’.
The talk will take place in Lock Works Café / Bar and is free entry. There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book after the talk.
On April 20th, 1968, Enoch Powell, Member of Parliament in the English town of Wolverhampton, made a speech that shook Britain to its core. The ramifications of what some labeled a "racist diatribe" changed forever the way in which race was viewed and discussed in the United Kingdom. The Speechfollows the lives of a group of characters including Powell himself living in Wolverhampton over a 10-day period before and after his speech.
Mrs. Georgina Verington-Delaunay is a volunteer working in the Conservative riding office of Enoch Powell. It is through her interaction with Powell, now at a critical point in his political career, that we get to know him intimately. Frank and Christine are art students inadvertently caught in an undercurrent of intolerance. Nelson and his aunt, Irene, are Jamaican immigrants striving to make a life for themselves in an atmosphere of turbulent emotions and polarized opinions concerning Britain's immigration policies.
A violent crime brings these disparate characters together as they struggle to find their places in the swiftly changing society of 1960s Britain. Set against a background of "subversive" music, radical fashions, and profound change in "moral values," they attempt against all odds to bring a fair conclusion to an unjust investigation. As they work together against murky elements of self-interest and bigotry, they're forced to confront their own consciences and prejudices.