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Part of a Story That Started Before Me

Poems about Black British History

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Length 4 hours 16 minutes
Language English
Narrators George the Poet, Seroca Davis, Troy Glasgow, Charlotte Gosling, Rohan Nedd & Michelle Femi Tiwo

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'It's time we told our story too. The melanin speaks for itself.' - George the Poet

Part of a Story That Started Before Me is an extraordinary new collection of poems chosen by acclaimed spoken-word performer and social commentator George the Poet.

Taking readers on a thought-provoking poetical journey through Black British history, the anthology brings together some of the most exciting wordsmiths from across the diaspora and fascinating era-by-era notes from historian Dr Christienna Fryar.

From Africans in Roman Britannia to the first Black actor to play Othello on stage, from Malcolm X's visit to the West Midlands to highlighting an organizer of the UK's first Gay Pride, this important collection reveals unsun people and events from our past to recognize the intrinsic impact they've had on Britain today.

Featuring: Abi Simms, Adesayo Talabi, AFLO. the poet, Amina Jama, Anu Balofin, Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Becksy Becks, Benjamin Zephaniah, Bridget Minamore, Cara Thompson, Casey Bailey, Deanna Rodger, Derek Walcott, Dorothea Smartt, Dzifa Benson, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Eno Mfon, Evan the Poet, Fred D'Aguiar, FULAANI onda 3s, George The Poet, Grace Nichols, Henry Stone, Highwater Ell aka Elliott Henry, Ife Grillo, Inua Ellams, Irenosen Okojie, Isaiah Hull, Jade LB, Jeffrey Boakye, Jenny Mitchell, Jeremiah Brown, John Agard, Joseph Coelho, Jude Yawson, Kat Francois, Keith Jarrett, Kelechi Okafor, M. NourbeSe Philip, Malika Booker, Michael Groce, Miles Chambers, Muneera Pilgrim, Nick Makoha, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Nile Faure-Bryan, Olaudah Equiano, Olivette Otele, Patience Agbabi, Peter deGraft-Johnson aka The Repeat Beat Poet, Phillis Wheatley, Priss Nash, Rakaya Fetuga, Raymond Antrobus, Reece Williams, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasha, Samuel King, Sophia Thakur, Stretch the Top Boy, Thembe Mvula, Theresa Lola, Tré Ventour, Vanessa Kisuule, Wretch 32 and Zena Edwards.

©2023 Curated by George the Poet (P)2023 Penguin Audio

George the Poet (Anthology Editor, Reader)
George the Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and social commentator and has seen his work broadcast to billions of people worldwide. In the summer of 2018, he opened the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with his poem 'The Beauty of Union', and in 2019, his audio offering 'Have You Heard George's Podcast?' won a prestigious Peabody Award and 5 Gold British Podcast Awards, including the highly-coveted Podcast of the Year. The podcast was described by BBC R4 as "a story that could change the world". In 2021 George launched chapter 3 of the podcast, and is embarking on a PhD.

Christienna Fryar (Contributor)
Christienna Fryar is a historian of modern Britain, the British Empire, and the modern Caribbean. She has taught these subjects at universities in the United States and Britain, including the University of Liverpool, SUNY Buffalo State and Duke University. Originally from Virginia, she is currently a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London where she convenes the MA in Black British History, the first taught masters' programme of its kind in the United Kingdom. In 2020 Fryar was named a BBC New Generation Thinker and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio.

George the Poet (Anthology Editor, Reader)
George the Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and social commentator and has seen his work broadcast to billions of people worldwide. In the summer of 2018, he opened the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with his poem 'The Beauty of Union', and in 2019, his audio offering 'Have You Heard George's Podcast?' won a prestigious Peabody Award and 5 Gold British Podcast Awards, including the highly-coveted Podcast of the Year. The podcast was described by BBC R4 as "a story that could change the world". In 2021 George launched chapter 3 of the podcast, and is embarking on a PhD.

Christienna Fryar (Contributor)
Christienna Fryar is a historian of modern Britain, the British Empire, and the modern Caribbean. She has taught these subjects at universities in the United States and Britain, including the University of Liverpool, SUNY Buffalo State and Duke University. Originally from Virginia, she is currently a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London where she convenes the MA in Black British History, the first taught masters' programme of its kind in the United Kingdom. In 2020 Fryar was named a BBC New Generation Thinker and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio.

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I challenge anybody to read this anthology without being inspired to learn more! Highly recommended, this is an anthology to contemplate, revisit and relish Expand reviews
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