Sat 2nd Feb 2019
5pm - 7pM
Poets Against Racism (PAR) are a collective bringing together Midlands-based poets, spoken word artists and rappers to perform under one banner in response to the recent rise in street level racism and hate crime. Explore the role poetry as a performance art can play in challenging racism and spreading positive words from diverse communities in the Midlands.
The event will open with a short discussion open to the floor followed by live poetry performances by PAR founder Manjit Sahota and local poetry guests.
Amongst these, Ian Henery will be previewing his work for China West Midlands 2020 based on the sacrifices and experiences of Chinese people in the U.K. The trilogy is entitled Home starting with the Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War, then the 1950s and the third story set in contemporary Britain. The trilogy explores ideas of family, sacrifices, place and time from Chinese & British perspectives in the socio-economic context of 3 significant periods in recent history.
MANJIT SAHOTA / ANGELA GARRATT
IAN HENERY / MAURICE MALCOLM
KURLY McGEACHIE / ROY McFARLANE