The acclaimed writer #JackieKay will read her poems to commemorate fifty years since David Oluwale was hounded to his death in the River Aire in Leeds (on 18th April 1969). Performing with her will be #ZaffarKunial and #IanDuhig, poets who have been short-listed for the TS Elliott prize.
David Oluwale was a British-Nigerian who migrated to England in 1949. Most of his difficult adult life was spent in Leeds. #DavidOluwale’s story reminds us of the intersection of racism, mental-ill health, homelessness, destitution and police malpractice.
The #RememberOluwale charity helps to build Leeds as a city of inclusion and hospitality, where everyone is welcome and cared for, whatever their colour or social status. This poetry event will inspire that hopeful campaign.
Please note that there are tickets reserved for people on low incomes who are welcome to attend and make a ‘pay as you feel’ donation. Click on Tickets to see this option.
[We are most grateful to the School of English at the University of Leeds for their generous support for this event.]