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Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour: Black History Month with Alex Wheatle and Miles Greenwood

Award-winning author Alex Wheatle talks to Miles Greenwood, curator of Legacies of Slavery and Empire at Glasgow Museums, as part of Black History Month

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Join author Alex Wheatle and curator Miles Greenwood as they discuss Alex's novel Cane Warriors, based on the slave uprising led by Tacky in Jamaica in the 1760s.

In this lively interview, Miles and Alex will discuss their work addressing the legacies of Transatlantic Slavery and The British Empire and telling the stories of enslaved and colonised peoples. Their discussions will focus on the experiences of engaging with these histories through Western museums and the power of fiction to bring the experiences of enslaved people to life. There will also be a chance for pupils to ask Alex and Miles all their burning questions.

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Live virtual events 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.

There may also be a chance to attend the event in-person. Please indicate in your application if you'd like to be considered to be part of a small in-person audience.

Find out more about Alex Wheatle(this will open in a new window), Miles Greenwood(this will open in a new window) and Kelvingrove Museum(this will open in a new window)

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).

Miles Greenwood was appointed Curator of Legacies of Slavery and Empire at Glasgow Museums in September 2020. His role involves planning and coordinating Glasgow Museums’ approach to addressing the legacies of Transatlantic Slavery and The British Empire.

Alex Wheatle is the author of several acclaimed novels, many of them inspired by experiences from his childhood. He was born in Brixton to Jamaican parents and spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. Following a short stint in prison after the Brixton uprising of 1981, he wrote poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixton Bard. Alex was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.