Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK


Citizens of the Archive: Uncovering Race and Poetry

2pm-8pm, Monday 3rd July 2017 at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London

Organised in partnership with the University of Sussex.

Display Catalogue


A Dangerous Knowing: Four Black Women Poets: Barbara Burford, Gabriela Pearse, Grace Nichols, and Jackie Kay (London: Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1985)


A Descriptive and Chronological Bibliography (1950-1982) of the Work of Edward Kamau Brathwaite, ed. by Doris Monica Brathwaite (London: New Beacon Books, 1988)


Agard, John, ‘Poetry Jump-Up’ [poster]


Agard, John, and Skeef, Eugene [poster]


Alvi, Moniza, ‘Arrival 1946’ (London: Poems on the Underground, 1994) [poster]


A Meeting of the Continents: The International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books: Revisited: History, Memories, Organisation and Programmes (1982-1995) (London: New Beacon Books, 2005)


An Evening of International Poetry [record], ed. by John La Rose and Linton Kwesi Johnson (London: Alliance Records, n.d.)


Andrew Salkey, John La Rose and Kamau Brathwaite in Conversation with Anne Walmsley (London: South Bank Centre, 1992) [cassette]


Asian Women Writers' Workshop: Right of Way: Prose and Poetry (London: Women's Press, 1988)


Black British Poetry [press cuttings]


Black Women Talk Poetry, ed. by Da Choong, Olivette Cole-Wilson, Bernardine Evaristo, and Gabriela Pearse (London: Black Womantalk, 1987)


Bloom, Valerie, Touch Mi, Tell Mi (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications, 1983)


Bluefoot Cassettes: Jackie Kay, John Agard, Fred D'Aguiar, James Berry (London: Bluefoot Cassettes; National Sound Archive, 1990) [compact disc]


Brathwaite, Edward Kamau, The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy (London: Oxford University Press, 1973)

Barabajan Poems (Kingston, Jamaica: Savacou Cooperative, 1994)

Born to Slow Horses (Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2005)

DS (2): Dreamstories (New York: New Directions, 2007)

Elegguas (Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2010)

Islands (London: Oxford University Press, 1969)

Islands (London: ARGO, 1973) [record]

Masks (London: Oxford University Press, 1968)

Masks (London: ARGO, 1972) [record]

Middle Passages (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Bloodaxe Books, 1992)

– [photographs]

Sun Poem (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982)

Words Need Love Too (Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2004)

X/Self (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)


Caribbean Poetry: The Literary and Oral Traditions [video] (S.l.: BBC for the Open University, 1990)


Capildeo, Vahni, Measures of Expatriation (Manchester: Carcanet, 2016)

– [press cuttings]


Carter, Martin, Poems of Succession (London & Port of Spain: New Beacon Books, 1977)

– [poster]


Césaire, Aimé, [press cuttings]


Charting the Journey: Writings by Black and Third World Women, ed. by Shabnam Grewel, Jackie Kay, Liliane Landor, Gail Lewis, Pratibha Parmar (London: Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1988)


Collins, Merle, ‘Free’ (London: Poems on the Underground, 2002) [poster]


Dabydeen, Cyril, Discussing Columbus (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1997)


Dabydeen, David, Coolie Odyssey (London: Hansib Publishing & Dangaroo Press, 1988)


Ellams, Inua, #Afterhours: Anthology, Diary, Memoir, Poems (Rugby: Nine Arches Press, 2017)


Garrison, Len, Beyond Babylon: Collection of Poems (1972-82) (London: Black Star Publications, 1985)


Greenlee, Sam, Ammunition!: Poetry and Other Raps (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications, 1975)


Hazeley, Iyamide, Ripples and Jagged Edges (London: Zora Press, 1986)


Healing Strategies for Women at War: Seven Black Women Poets (Manchester: Crocus, 1999)


Holbourne, Zita, Striving for Equality, Freedom and Justice: Embracing Roots, Culture and Identity (Hertford: Hansib Publications, 2017)


International Book Fair of Radical, Black, and Third World Books [press cuttings]


Johnson, Linton Kwesi, Dread Beat and Blood (London: Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications, 1975)

Dread Beat and Blood (Arts Council of Great Britain; Rebel Movies, 1978) [video]


Kay, Jackie, ‘Sassenachs’ [poster]


La Rose, Anthony (John), Foundations: A Book of Poems (London: New Beacon Publications, 1966)


Let It Be Told: Essays by Black Women in Britain, ed. by Lauretta Ngcobo (London: Virago Press, 1988)


Marriott, D. S., The Bloods (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011)

Dogma (London: Barque Press, 2005)

Hoodoo Voodoo (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2008)

Incognegro (Great Wilbraham, Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2006)

Lative (Cambridge: Equipage, 1992)

Light, Circles (Hebden Bridge: Open Township, 1987)

– [press cuttings]

Schadenfreude (Hebden Bridge: Open Township, 1989)


Matthews, Marc, A Season of Sometimes (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1992)


Meiling, Jin, Gifts from my Grandmother (London: Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1985)


McCarthy Woolf, Karen, ‘On the Thames’ (London: Poems on the Underground, 2013) [poster]

– [press cuttings]


Nagra, Daljit, British Museum (London: Faber & Faber, 2017)


Narain, Denise deCaires, Contemporary Caribbean Women's Poetry: Making Style (London: Routledge, 2002)


New Beacon Review, ed. by John La Rose (London: New Beacon Books, 1985)


News for Babylon: The Chatto Book of Westindian-British Poetry, ed. by James Berry (London: Chatto & Windus, 1984)


Nichols, Grace, ‘For the Life of This Planet’ (London: Poems on the Underground, 2011) [poster]

– ‘Like a Beacon’ (London: Poems on the Underground, 1986) [poster]


Pollard, Velma, Leaving Traces (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2008)


Prescod, Marsha, Land of Rope and Tory (London: Akira Press, 1985)


Sesay, Kadija, Irki (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2013)


Siffre, Labi, Nigger (Abergavenny, Gwent: Xavier Books, 1993)


Smartt, Dorothea, [press cuttings]


Smith, Michael, It A Come: Poems, ed. by Mervyn Morris (London: Race Today Publications, 1986)


Sulter, Maud, As a Black Woman (London: Akira Press, 1985)

As a Blackwoman: Poems 1982-1985 (Hebden Bridge: Urban Fox Press, 1985)

Zabat: Poetics of a Family Tree: Poems 1986-1989 (Hebden Bridge: Urban Fox Press, 1989)


Sunflower of Hope: Poems from the Mozambican Revolution, trans. and ed. by Chris Searle (London: Allison & Busby, 1982)


Walcott, Derek, ‘Love after Love’ [poster]

– ‘Map of the New World: Archipelagoes’ (London: Poems on the Underground, 1999) [poster]


Walmsley, Anne, The Caribbean Artists Movement, 1966-1972: A Literary and Cultural History (New Beacon Books, 1992)


Williams, Milton Vishnu, Years of Fighting Exile (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1986)


Writing in Cuba Since the Revolution: An Anthology of Poems, Short Stories and Essays, ed. by Andrew Salkey (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications, 1977)