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Great Minds: Colin Grant - Windrush Stories

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We're delighted to announce the next event in our Great Minds series with Colin Grant, historian and author.

  • From: Thursday 8 June 2023, 6 pm
  • To: Thursday 8 June 2023, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.45 pm
  • Location: University Hall, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 8 June 2023, 5.00 pm
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In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the Windrush migration, Author and Playwright Colin Grant will present our next Great Minds talk in University Hall to celebrate the contribution to the UK of the Windrush Generation and their descendants.

Colin Grant is a historian and author of six books. They include: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey; and a group biography of the Wailers, I&I, The Natural Mystics. His memoir of growing up in a Caribbean family in 1970s Luton, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize, 2013. Grant’s history of epilepsy, A Smell of Burning, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year 2016.

As a producer for the BBC, Grant wrote and directed several radio drama documentaries including A Fountain of Tears: The Murder of Federico Garcia Lorca; and A History of the N Word.

Grant is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Director of Writers Mosaic, an innovative online platform for new writing and a division of the Royal Literary Fund. He also writes for a number of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, TLS, London Review of Books, Granta and New York Review of Books.

Grant’s Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, was a BBC radio 4 Book of the Week and a Daily Telegraph Book of the year 2019. His latest memoir, I’m Black So You Don’t Have to Be was published by Jonathan Cape on 26 January 2023.’

Great minds don’t think alike. They innovate and advocate, they disrupt and inspire, and they do it all on their own terms. They’re the visionaries and the pioneers — the boldest, the bravest, and the brightest.

The Great Minds series is designed to entertain, inspire, and stir imaginations. Featuring distinguished thinkers, leaders, and innovators from every discipline and culture, Great Minds is a series for curious souls in search of a deeper understanding of the world.

Great Minds is brought to you by Nottingham Trent University’s arts programme, Curated & Created.

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University Hall
Shakespeare Street

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