The Equiano Centre


Queer Black Spaces 2

Thursday 19 February 2015

6pm - 8.30pm

UCL, 26 Bedford Way

Book tickets here

An evening of literature, poetry and research exploring Black British LGBTQ histories

Join us for an evening showcasing different expressions and histories of Black queer lives,followed by drinks and music. The evening includes fiction readings, poetry, and talks exploring current research on Black LGBTQ lives from the early twentieth century to contemporary Britain. The speakers explore themes including queer black poetry and theatre;letter writing, archives, and queer black lives; and teaching and learning about queer black lives through reading fiction.

Participants include:

  • Nazmia Jamal - teacher of ten years at an inner London sixth form, programmer at BFI Flare (formerly LLGFF) for 6 years, and host of Queer Black Spaces 1
  • Dante Micheaux - award winning poet and author of the 2010 Amorous Shepherd
  • Okey Nzelu - poet, writer and teacher, whose radio play Me and Alan (loosely based on the life of Alan Turing) was broadcast on Roundhouse Radio in 2013
  • Afshan Lodhi - writer and performer who has participated in events including Manchester Lit Festival and Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival
  • Thomas Glave - Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University of Warwick whose latest book is entitled Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh
  • Rudy Loewe - visual artist predominantly using comics to explore narratives concerning race, gender, sexuality and disability
  • Gemma Romain - historian based at the Equiano Centre, UCL, co-curator of Spaces of Black Modernism at Tate Britain, and co-organiser of Queer Black Spaces 1 and 2
  • Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski - freelance archivist, community worker and designer, currently an artist-in-residence at the Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths as part of the artist archival research group X Marks the Spot

An event organised by The Equiano Centre, Department of Geography UCL

Organised as part of the Spaces of Black Modernisms project funded by the AHRC

Accessibility Information: The lecture theatre LG04 is fixed-seated with spaces for three wheelchairs at the front of the room. Wheelchair entrance to the building is via the ramp on the Gordon Square side of the building, which takes you to the lower floor, right next to the lecture theatre. A disabled access toilet is close to the lecture theatre. Information and a picture of the building can be found here http://www.ucl.ac.uk/estates/roombooking/building-location/?id=085 and'wheelchair-friendly' routes to the building can be found here http://crf.casa.ucl.ac.uk/startPage.aspx  For any other accessibility queries and to reserve wheelchair space, please email equianocentre@ucl.ac.uk.