THE BIG BLACK READ – LIVE!

 You are in the dark, in the car, watching the black-tarred street being swallowed by speed; he tells you his dean is making him hire a person of colour when there are so many great writers out there.

You think maybe this is an experiment and you are being tested or retroactively insulted or you have done something that communicates this is an okay conversation to be having.

Why do you feel comfortable saying this to me? You wish the light would turn red or a police siren would go off so you could slam on the brakes, slam into the car ahead of you, fly forward so quickly both your faces would suddenly be exposed to the wind

(From “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine)

Described as a “powerful poem for today” Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” won the 2015 Forward Prize for poetry.

As part of the UCU Day of Action Against Racism in the Workplace we are inviting you to take part in a relay reading of this extraordinary poem about Everyday Racism

The reading will be led by acclaimed actor Burt Caesar who has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court Theatre, and in feature films such as Skyfall.

Join us at 4pm on Wednesday 10th February on the Penrhyn Road Campus in Town House Room 102 (TH102) where we will read the poem from start to finish. You can take part in the reading or simply listen. Either way, we look forward to seeing you at this event.

Refreshments will be served