It’s been 40 years since the New Cross Fire, a devastating event that’s considered a pivotal moment in the UK’s fight for race equality. Despite the incident claiming 13 young black lives, this tragic loss was met with indifference from the media, police and politicians – spurring on history-making activism.
Grim parallels can be seen in 2017’s Grenfell fire, the Black Lives Matter movement, and continued racism at the hands of far-right groups. However, out of this grief came a wealth of poems, books and songs, each shining a light on this devastating incident and the work that still needs to be done.
Join us as we welcome a panel including poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and academic and activist Kehinde Andrews to reflect on the legacy of this historic tragedy and its links to recent events. Audiences will also be treated to a performance of Johnson’s iconic New Crass Massahkah.
To book for this event you’ll be taken through to the Bradford Theatres website. Please note that the £2 booking fee will be deducted at the point at sale.