From Bristol’s involvement in the slave trade, to the 1960s Bristol Bus Boycott that helped influence the UK’s first Race Relations Act, Bristol’s important position in Black British history is unquestionable.
Next year, poetry will be made optional for GCSE students in England. We would hope they choose to take it up because, as the pandemic has shown us, poetry can be a valuable form of connection and stir a growth in our humanity.
During lockdown, Danique Bailey founded 100 Black Voices, a project looking for poems about anything, of any length, to highlight the voices and creativity of Black poets in the form of an anthology. Submissions are open to anyone of African or Caribbean descent and must be over 18.
With the end of lockdown looming, it seems a lot of young people have turned to reading, or re-reading, the classics. But, can we find new value in dusting off our paper-back Penguins in a post-corona world?
It is probable that the Covid-19 pandemic will hit the Arts harder than other industries. Given these unique global circumstances, individual creatives and companies have had to come up with new and innovative ways of continuing their work through the pandemic.