Exploring Black British Literature

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 - 12:00 or 13:00 - 14:30 FREE
Preview of the Black literature timeline poster, showing text entries by date, portraits and a tablet featuring images of book covers and handwritten manuscripts
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  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7797
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • Admission: Free entry

This workshop will take students on a literary journey to uncover the last 400 years of Black British writing. From Olaudah Equiano to Andrea Levy, groups will explore the plurality of themes in a range of Black British texts including novels, poetry and plays.

Students will explore the rich history of Black writing and literature in Britain using digitised manuscripts from the Black Literature Timeline as well as manuscripts on display in our Treasures of the British Library gallery and sound recordings from our collection. In addition, learners will interrogate publishing practices and industry barriers Black writers have faced through the years.

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Age group: Years 10 - 13
When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 - 12:00 or 13:00 - 14:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size: Minimum:10 students; maximum:30 students
Key skills: English, History
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 7412 7797
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