There are now published young adult novels by Black writers about a slave uprising in Jamaica and they are being publicised at a major literary festival. Obviously, if I could also add that the police have stopped sus’ing Black boys as a matter of course then we could really pop the fizz, but small steps are also to be celebrated. Alex Wheatle reading from his book, Cane Warriors.
Elsewhere, a Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall discusses modern slavery with Libby Sutcliffe and, at lunchtime, a Dr Inkster presents a lecture touching on the pros and cons of hip hop neuroscience. Later we have apprentice national treasure Gary Younge delivering the Bevan Lecture which will add a few drops of cosmic balance in the right direction on the seesaw of morality, followed by future TV presenter Ed Milliband talking about the size of his penis.
Main Image: Alex Wheatle (purloined from his website, apologies)
Alex Wheatle's Alexwheatle.com
The Hay Festival website with many streamed events
Book Aid International (Reverse book club page)