Heather Marks talks 250 years of poets of colour

On Wednesday 18th January 2023 (1pm-2pm) Words of Colour’s Creative Producer Heather Marks will be speaking at a special historical salon on poets of colour spanning 250 yeas as part of the ‘My Words’ ground-breaking hybrid exhibition, in partnership with Manchester Poetry Library.

Heather, who is also an Exhibition Researcher for Museum of Colour’s ‘My Words’, will be joined by its founder Samenua Sesher, Melanie Abrahams (Renaissance One), and Roma Havers (Manchester Poetry Library), for a conversation poets of colour’s contribution to British society over nearly three centuries.

Co-curated by Museum of Colour founder Samenua Sesher OBE, Melanie Abrahams of Renaissance One and Joy Francis from Words of Colour, the exhibition – thought to be the first of its kind – features over 30 poets, from influential 18th century writers to leading contemporary poets, including the likes of SuAndi, John Agard, Nikita Gill and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Museum of Colour is a unique digital museum celebrating the achievements of people of colour in film, television, and the arts, you can find out more on the Museum of Colour.

Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University is the first public poetry library in the Northwest of England. Launched in September 2021, the library is free and open to all, and is developing an extensive collection of contemporary poetry from books to recordings and in multiple languages and poetry for children. You can find out more about the annual programme of events and activities on the Manchester Poetry Library website.

Please join us either online or in person at Manchester Histories Hub, Manchester Central Library, to discover more about the fascinating history of British poets of colour from 18th century to 2016.

This Salon will be more conversational in nature, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and ask questions.

Book your place here.