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PROPELLING THE WRITTEN WORD

Celebrating DIVERSITY Award Winner

The Celebrating Diversity Award, presented by Councillor Bernice Vanier, went to educational group Narrative Eye, who visit schools to teach pupils about black history.

Tanya Thompson, collecting the award on behalf of the group, said: “It’s surprising to win, we just humbly go about our work and just try to make a difference to children and adults”.

The group’s current work involves teaching children about Afro-Caribbean people’s involvement in World War One, but the next project will be on the contribution of black people to society in the Tudor period.

Outstanding for All Awards for ‘those who have  gone the extra mile’

Events in April

in conjunction with Cityread London




Shakespeare’s other countrymen: ‘Blackamoore wenches’ and Barbary African ‘king children’ in Tudor England

Sunday 30th April 2017

2-3:15pm

Phoenix Cinema - 52 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9PJ

£5 (£3 concessions)

Cinema is a powerful tool that unites us and divides us. It provides us with an escape from the monotonous cycle of our daily lives. A seemingly one dimensional experience can stimulate all of our senses and can evoke within us emotions that we may not consciously wish to express – anger, fear, sorrow, elation.

We turn to cinema to provide us with an alternative version of history that captures the essence of a period in a way that may be lacking through merely reading textbooks. The Tudor era, a period that is widely celebrated in cinema, contains a vast resource of history concerning politics, war, exploration and fashion. However, what is often lacking from representations of Tudor England, particularly depictions of Shakespeare's work, is the diversity of ethnicities residing in England.

 

Join the historian Onyeka, author of ‘Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins’, at Phoenix Cinema, London as he examines Shakespeare's other countrymen and the significance of their story in Tudor England.


To book visit: https://phoenixcinema.co.uk/PhoenixCinema.dll/Booking?Booking=TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_0.TcsWebTab_0.TcsPerformance_10073021.TcsSection_726

ABOUT NARRATIVE EYE

Narrative Eye is an organisation dedicated to promoting equality and social change through education.  We are dedicated to the production and promotion of creative works that document and challenge the inequalities and injustices faced by African and African Caribbean people in the UK.


We promote the rich cultural and historical contribution made by people of African origin in the UK, through publishing literary works and research, producing plays and films. Our work also includes delivering courses, workshops and seminars on topics such as history, literature, and cultural and social issues.


We are committed to creating new and creative ways that enables African and African Caribbean people to participate fully in society and increase their social mobility, prosperity and employability. We are committed to raising the level of cultural awareness amongst Black Britons to enable them to overcome their social exclusion.


PAST PUBLICATIONS AND PLAYS

We have produced three novels including, Waiting to Explode, The Black Prince, and The Phoenix (which won the 2009 African Achievers award for Communication and Media).  Our writer in residence is the historian and international researcher Onyeka.  He has also produced The Whirlwind and the Storm, a West End theatre production about the life and times of Marcus Garvey. In 2013, Onyeka released his latest work, Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins.


PROJECTS


WORKSHOPS

We provide tailor-made workshops to the specific needs of beneficiaries. We have presented work to a wide and diverse range of audiences. The majority of our educational work has been with participants from socially deprived communities across the UK with a high proportion of Black residents.

BRING ‘YOUNG OTHELLO’ TO LIFE

We need your help in bringing Young Othello to life. We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to support a read-through of Young Othello that we will host later this year.


The funds raised will be used on actors, rehearsal spaces and marketing.  Our aim is for this play and research to be more accessible to BAME students, teachers and actors, as well as the general public.


To support the launch of Young Othello please visit our GoFundMe page

https://www.gofundme.com/youngothello

Read

‘Tokens of Populism, and black history as popcorn fetish’

by

Onyeka Nubia

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