David Austin is the author of Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution (Pluto, 2018) and the editor of Moving Against the System, The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness (Pluto, 2018). He is the winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize.
What is the relationship between poetry and social change?
In this short video David Austin, author of Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the...Watch Video
Against a backdrop of racism in the West and colonialism and imperialism in the Global South, Stokeley Carmichael speechifies at the 1968 Congress of Black Writers, the most important gathering of black radicals of the era.Read full article
Linton Kwesi Johnson fought ‘sus’ laws, stood on picketlines, and put pen to paper to refute W.H. Auden’s claim that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’. In this blog, David Austin considers the relationship between his poetry and politics.Read full article
In 1968, as protests shook France and war raged in Vietnam, the giants of Black radical politics descended on Montreal to discuss the unique challenges and struggles facing their Black brothers and sisters. For the first time since 1968, David...MORE INFO & TICKETS