Taking Arena’s Them and Uz documentary about poet, Tony Harrison, as a starting point, this pre-recorded workshop explores how you can begin to craft your own memoir, or life writing, with expert author and historian Colin Grant. Grant’s most recent work is Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation.
Colin Grant is an author, historian and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Caribbean Studies. His books 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 2013 Pen/Ackerly Prize. As a producer for the BBC, Grant wrote and directed several radio drama documentaries including African Man of Letters: The Life of Ignatius Sancho and A Fountain of Tears: The Murder of Federico Garcia Lorca.
For five days only, New Writing North brings you this thoughtful Arena film from the BBC archives, directed by Nigel Williams. Watch the film from 18 October.
Harrison’s story and poetry resonate clearly in twenty-first century Britain, with widening social inequality and the ever-present north–south divide, themes reflected on in the accompanying new response film featuring authors Degna Stone, Inua Ellams, Jodie Russian-Red and Shaun Wilson.
Your Local Arena is a Lucy Hannah & Speaking Volumes co-production featuring BBC Arena’s film archive. Funded by Arts Council England.