Tue, 05 Mar 2019, 17:15
University of Glasgow, Glasgow (UK), Seminar Room, Lilybank House, Bute Gdns, University of Glasgow
Event at University of Glasgow
What is the relationship between poetry, artistic creativity and social change. Is socialism a viable alternative to the current global political and economic climate? Drawing on the poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson and the poetic-political traditions that have shaped him, this talk will explore the themes of political consciousness and social transformation in relation to poetic-artistic expression.
David Austin is the author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, sex, and security in sixties Montreal (Between The Lines, 2013, winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize), and Dread, Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the unfinished revolution (Pluto, 2018); he is the editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal lectures of C.L.R. James (AK Press, 2010), and editor/author of Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the making of global consciousness(Pluto, 2018). He teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy and Religion Department at John Abbott College.