Celebrating James Baldwin
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A voice of the American civil rights movement; a central figure in Black gay literary history; a self-confessed maverick – James Baldwin was one of the towering figures of 20th century American literature. In a night of live jazz and conversation, our expert panel transport you to Baldwin’s America to explore his extraordinary legacy and influence on a generation of young creatives, and his deep connections to Black music. We are joined by acclaimed author and longtime Baldwin admirer Colm Tóibín, critic James Campbell, whose friendship with Baldwin is detailed in his biography Talking at the Gates and author of the blistering debut novel The Prophets Robert Jones Jr. – who cites Baldwin as his spiritual Godfather – on live link from New York.
With music from Ivor Novello nominated vocalist and songwriter Amahla. Inspired in equal measure by her activism and passion for literature and history, Amahla will explore the music that inspired Baldwin accompanied by Remi Graves on drums and Alessandro Ionn on piano.
“Elevated by powerful lyrical commentary, Amahla may be one of the next big voices exported from the UK” (Bandcamp)