Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation

Photograph of Colin Grant, wearing a hat and glasses

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Stories of hope and regret, of triumphs and challenges, spliced with humour, anger and wisdom

When Colin Grant was growing up in Luton in the 1960s, he learned not to ask his Jamaican parents why they had emigrated to Britain. ‘We’re here because we’re here,’ his father would say, ‘You have some place else to go?’

But now, 70 years after the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush, the generation that followed in its wake are ready to tell their stories – and we need to listen to them, before it’s too late.

Grant's latest book Homecoming tells the story of the Windrush generation, in their own words; the first book to bring together oral testimonies of the post-war Caribbean immigrants to Britain. He is joined by his uncle, the Jamaican-born writer Viv Adams, to discuss how West Indians were converted from 'Children of Empire' to 'Citizens of the Commonwealth' to 'Foreigners and Immigrants'. The writer and actor Nicole Moore will also read extracts from Homecoming.

Colin Grant is a historian and author of four highly praised books, including Bageye at the Wheel, a memoir about his Jamaican family which was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley prize 2013. He is an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies, and teaches creative non-fiction writing. He has worked as a BBC radio producer and writes for many publications, including the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and New York Review of Books.

Image by Dominic Martlew


Name: Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation
Where: Knowledge Centre
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96 Euston Road
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