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Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Alex Wheatle and International Slavery Museum

Award-winning author Alex Wheatle is joined by the learning and participation team at National Museums Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum for this special event as part of Black History Month.

International Slavery Museum logo and Cane Warrior by Alex Wheatle book cover

Join author Alex Wheatle and the International Slavery Museum for this special one-off virtual event that puts the realities of Transatlantic Slavery under the spotlight.

The International Slavery Museum team will join us virtually live from Liverpool. Pupils will be shown some of the unique artefacts from the museum's collection and learn about Transatlantic Slavery, resistance, and the injustices that still exist today.

Award-winning author Alex Wheatle will also be discussing his novel Cane Warriors, which is based on a real-life slave uprising in Jamaica in the 1760s. The book follows 14-year-old Moa, who finds himself fighting against British plantation owners for his freedom. Alex will inspire young people to question who their heroes are and what makes a hero in the 21st Century.

After the presentation and discussions, pupils will have the chance to ask Alex and the team at International Slavery Museum questions.

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This live virtual event will go ahead with a limited schools audience. We'll then share a recording of the event on our website to watch on demand. Applications are open to anyone who wants to join live.

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When: Tuesday 26 October 2021

Who: Secondary schools

Platform (digital event): Microsoft Teams

Cost: Fully funded

Audience: S2–6 (ages 12–18)

Audience size: 10–50 for in-person events (smaller or larger groups are welcome to apply)

Deadline: Thursday 21 October, 12 noon

To take part in a digital event please make sure you have access to:

1. Large screen with ability to receive video calls including speakers and microphone

2. High speed internet to accommodate video streaming

If you have any questions or comments please contact thomas.jefferson@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).

The International Slavery Museum is part of National Museums Liverpool and opened in August 2007. It is situated on the third floor of Maritime Museum at Royal Albert Dock. It is the only national museum in the world to cover the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies as well as contemporary forms of slavery and enslavement. Through our collections, public engagement and research, we explore their impact and legacies. It is also an international hub for resources and a campaigning museum that actively engages with contemporary human rights issues, addressing ignorance, challenging intolerance, and building partnerships with museums, communities and organisations that share our vision.