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This workshop will take students on a literary journey to uncover the last 400 years of Black British writing. From Olaudah Equiano to Andrea Levy, groups will explore the plurality of themes in a range of Black British texts including novels, poetry and plays.


Students will explore the rich history of Black writing and literature in Britain using digitised manuscripts from the Black Literature Timeline as well as manuscripts on display in our Treasures of the British Library gallery and sound recordings from our collection. In addition, students will interrogate publishing practices and industry barriers Black writers have faced through the years.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS5, Higher

Ages: Post 16

Subjects: English, History

Topics: Black History, Careers, Creative Writing, Identity, Literature, Poetry, Reading, Storytelling, Team Building, Writing, Critical Thinking, Olaudah Equiano, Andrea Levy

Type: At Venue

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: Free

Dates: Mon, Tue & Thu: 10:30 - 12:00 or 13:00 - 14:30

Min. Students: 10

Max. Students: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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The British Library offers an expansive programme for primary and secondary learners which encourages curiosity, creativity and exploration, enriching the curriculum and developing lifelong learning skills.

Visits are free of charge, available all year round and can be self-guided or led by one of their Learning facilitators.

New workshops for this year include explorations of their map and artists’ books collections. Plus, find out more about library tours, workshops and private views related to their upcoming exhibitions Animals: Art, Science and Sound, and Fantasy: Realms of Imagination, as well as ground-breaking exhibitions on digital storytelling and author Malorie Blackman.

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