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Letters From Yesterday

  • 28 Commercial St London E1 6AB London UK (map)

A panel discussing different approaches to exploring and presenting histories of culture, food, music and community. We ask how to find these stories and what's at stake in preserving and discussing them today.

Panellists: Yasmin Gunaratnam (chair), Riaz Philips (Bellyfull, 2017), Jeffrey Boakye (Hold Tight, 2017)Louisa Adjoa Parker (Dorset's Hidden Histories, 2007).


Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths. Her books include Researching Race and Ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power (2003), Death and the Migrant (2013) and Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies (2017). Yasmin has edited seven collections including A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger (2016). She is on the editorial collectives of Feminist Review and Media Diversified.

Riaz Phillips is a London-based writer and photographer. He is founder of Tezeta Press, an independent publishing company based in London and Cape Town dedicated to under-represented ideas, history and culture. The first release is Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK - a journey across Britain tracing Afro-Caribbean culture and history through food.

Jeffrey Boakye is a writer, teacher and music enthusiast from Brixton, now living and working in East London. He has a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race and popular culture. Jeffrey has taught English in London secondary schools and 6th Form colleges since 2007. Hold Tight is his first book.

Louisa Adjoa Parker writes poetry, fiction and BAME history. Her books exploring BAME history in Dorset include Dorset’s Hidden Histories, We Were Here: African Caribbean GIs in Dorset, and All Different, All Dorset. Louisa has published two poetry collection, Salt-sweat and Tears, in 2007, and her pamphlet, Blinking in the Light, in 2016. Her work has appeared in various publications including Wasafiri; Envoi; Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets; and Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories. Louisa has been short-listed by the Bridport Prize.

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