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Black Ink project marks the importance of black history in poetry workshops at Newham’s libraries

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 October 2018

Sonia Quintero, head of Newham Poetry Group, who wants the Black Ink workshops to open a discussion on black history where participants aren't simply passive listeners. Picture: Sonia Quintero

Sonia Quintero, head of Newham Poetry Group, who wants the Black Ink workshops to open a discussion on black history where participants aren't simply passive listeners. Picture: Sonia Quintero

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Newham Poetry Group will be running a series workshops to celebrate Black History Month, the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation, and the 50th anniversary of the Race Relations Act.

Black Ink workshops

Plaistow Library: Monday October 8, 11am-12.30pm

Manor Park Library: Thursday October 11, 12.30-2pm

Forest Gate Library: Saturday October 13, 2.30-4pm

Green Street Library: Thursday October 18, 6-7.30pm

Stratford and West Ham Library: Sunday October 21, 2.30-4pm

Beckton and Royal Docks Library: Tuesday October 23, 6-7.30pm

Custom House and Canning Town Library: Thursday October 25, 11am-12.30pm

East Ham Library: Friday October 26, 6.30pm-8pm

The Black Ink series will include thought-provoking discussions on the importance of black history and people’s subjective experience of being black.

Participants will read and discuss influential poems before creating some themselves, with the final pieces being compiled into a booklet to be placed in libraries across Newham.

The project is being run by Sonia Quintero, the head of Newham Poetry Group.

Sonia, who is mixed race, said: “I want to open up the conversation about what it means to be black.

“It’s just not about skin colour. I don’t simply want to focus on black struggle, I’d like to bring attention to the positive contributions black people have made in society.

“The project will be a new approach, as we won’t just be passive listeners – it’ll start a conversation where everyone’s invited to contribute.”

Anyone is welcome and entry is free. Reserve a place here.

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