Renowned author leads Black History celebration

Published: 28 September 2016 at 13:00

Headshot of Nalo Hopkinson

Talk by popular fiction writer among October events at Anglia Ruskin University

Untitled PageCelebrated fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson will read and discuss her work at Anglia Ruskin University as part of a number of events taking place in Cambridge to mark Black History Month.

Jamaican-born Nalo is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and writer and editor of several popular short stories. She won the 1999 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her novels Brown Girl in the Ring, Skin Folk, The Salt Roads and The New Moon’s Arms have all won awards.

"Reading and Discussion with Nalo Hopkinson" will be introduced by Anglia Ruskin’s Professor Farah Mendlesohn and will take place on Thursday, 20 October at the Cambridge campus on East Road from 7pm until 8.30pm.

The talk is one of a series of events, co-ordinated by Cambridge City Council, taking place in Cambridge next month, to celebrate Black History Month. On Friday, 7 October, Selena Carty, genealogist, historian and founder of the BlackPoppyRose, presents her research into the contributions of Black Servicemen (African, African American and Caribbean soldiers) who were members of or supported the British Armed Forces in the First and Second World Wars.

Selena’s event takes place at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus from 6.30pm until 8pm, and there will also be an opportunity to view digital photographs from the Imperial War Museums on the Contribution of Black and Commonwealth soldiers to the British Armed Forces. 

Miriam Berg, Public Engagement Officer at Anglia Ruskin, said: 

“We’re delighted to once again be supporting Black History Month and are looking forward to welcoming plenty of people along to our Cambridge campus.

“Both our guest speakers are highly regarded in their respective fields and these free events promise to be thought-provoking and fascinating in equal measure.”

To book your place on either of these events, visit our community events listing page.