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Join Khadijah Ibrahiim and Emily Zobel Marshall as they explore the value of letter-writing in passing on family history and cultural traditions.

Letters have been used to connect African-Caribbean families and friends for generations. Letters pass on joy, grief, opinions, advice and instructions. They document lives.

Letters from a Generation Dreaming follows on from our sell-out Windrush Day event, Generations Dreaming. It will feature extracts from the musical Sorrel & Black Cake, discussion around the significance of letters and a live musical performance. 

We would like members of the African-Caribbean diaspora to share the letters in their life with us, so we can include them in this event. Visit this page to get involved!

This is an online event and will take place on Zoom. Please book a ticket below and you will be sent the details for how to join the event. Tickets to the event are free but if you are able to donate, please consider doing so to help us to continue our work of delivering arts opportunities and education. 

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Artist Profiles

Khadijah Ibrahiim 

Khadijah Ibrahiim was born in Leeds and is of Jamaican parentage. She is a literary activist, live artist, theatre maker, producer, and Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors. Educated at the University of Leeds, she has a BA (Hons) in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies and an MA in Theatre Studies. Hailed as one of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets by BBC Radio, she has appeared on many international stages. Her poetry collection, Another Crossing, was published by Peepal Tree Press and premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2014.

Emily Zobel Marshall

Emily is an academic, author and poet. She is of Martinican and British heritage and has lived in Leeds for twenty years. She is a Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at Leeds Beckett University and her research specialisms are Caribbean cultural resistance, Caribbean literature and Caribbean carnival cultures. She has published widely in these fields and her books, Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance (UWI Press, 2012) and American Trickster: Trauma Tradition and Brer Rabbit (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019), focus on the role of the folkloric trickster in the cultures of the African Diaspora. Emily is currently leading a Caribbean Carnival Cultures artistic and academic research network.

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