Colin Grant & Howard Grey

The Lost Images of the Windrush Generation

Date: Tuesday 4 February

Time: 7:45m 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £8 advance / £10 door

In 1962, in the last days of the great wave of Caribbean migration to England that began with arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948, there were newspaper reports about the latest group of Caribbean immigrants due to arrive at Waterloo Station. A young Jewish photographer, Howard Grey, went along to take photographs. But partly due to the overcast conditions, the photos he took didn’t come out and the negatives were laid aside as unprintable. Until, over 50 years later, Grey happened to see a programme on TV about new digital processes for restoring content from photographic negatives and decided to see if it would work with the photographs he’d taken that day. 

Colin Grant - author of Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation - will be in conversation with Howard Grey, talking about this remarkable story, the men and women he photographed and the political climate of that time - with the images shown as projections.

Read Colin Grant's article in The Guardian online to find out more of the background to this unique event. Click here »

Colin Grant is a Brighton-based historian and author of five books, including Bageye at the Wheel, a memoir about his Jamaican family which was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley prize 2013. He is an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies, and teaches creative non-fiction writing. He has worked as a BBC radio producer and writes for many publications, including the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and New York Review of Books.

Photos © Howard Grey 2020

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SNOW Q

by Maria Jastrzębska

Date: Tuesday 18 February

Time: 7:45m 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

A troubled fairy tale for troubled times. Snow Q is a multimedia live literature production, written by poet Maria Jastrzębska and directed by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark C. Hewitt, with music by Peter Copley and film sequences by Wendy Pye.

The work, written in the hybrid language of Ponglish (half-English / half-Polish), is a dramatized reimagining for two performers of Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved story, The Snow Queen, using this enigmatic tale of friendship in a harsh world to explore contemporary themes of social isolation, gender, sexuality, migration and exile.

At the centre of Jastrębska's poetic drama are Gerda and Kai, two lost young people who are lifelong friends. When winter comes, ice enters Kai’s heart. The unhappy Kai disappears off into the snow ... and so begins Gerda's quest. The work also features the voice of Crow, an acerbic commentator on human affairs.

In the words of Maria Jastrzębska:

“As a child I was greatly disturbed by the idea of a piece of ice falling into your heart. Could someone else’s tears melt it? When I started writing Snow Q I knew Gerda and Kai were not going to be traditionally girl-and-boy in my version. But there are so many other stories within this story. I wanted to ask what it is that keeps us disconnected from one another and everything around us. How do we truly communicate with each other? Once ice has lodged in our hearts, can it melt?”

The work is performed by actresses Rita Suszek and Maria Ziółkowska (pictured).

Snow Q was originally created as a multi-artform installation work. This will be the live literature version. Find out more on this video »

Snow Q blogsite: https://snowqproject.wordpress.com/

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SNOW Q on tour

Further previews of Snow Q will happen at the following venues:

Thurs 13 Feb, 7.30pm: Square Tower, Portsmouth (Tongues&Grooves). Book here »

Thurs 20 Feb 7.30pm: Centrala Space, Birmingham. Book here »

Fri 21 Feb, 7.30pm: Clapham Library, London. Book here »

Sat 22 Feb, 4.00pm: The Spire, Brighton. Book here »

Crow image © Dagmara Rudkin, 2018

Snow Q live lit tour: full details here