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Black History Month (October) Literary Talks

Free literary events are taking place in The Curve as part of Black History Month at The Forum. All events are free and open to all.

The Colour of Words
Tue 8 Oct at 7pm in The Curve

If you like reading and discussing books, you’ll love this evening of literary chat chaired by Dr Claire Hynes. Join some of Norfolk’s finest writers as they read from, and talk about, novels by black writers which make them think and feel differently about the world.
Guest writers are Nick Caistor, prize-winning literary translator and author of non-fiction including a critically acclaimed biography of Che Guevara; Sarah Bower, whose first novel ‘Needle in the Blood’ was Susan Hill’s Book of the Year in 2007; and Hayley Long, celebrated writer of teen fiction, shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2012 for her novel ‘What’s up Jody Barton?.’
Different or Deficient? How Black Characters Speak in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and How This Gets TranslatedThu 17 Oct at 7pm in The Curve
‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ by Mark Twain has attracted controversy for decades over its depictions of African-Americans. In this talk Dr B.J. Epstein, lecturer in literature and public engagement at the University of East Anglia, delves into the issue and questions how much of black characters’ cultures, dialects, and beliefs have been lost in translation. The issue is whether the black characters are depicted as different or as deficient, and what this says about society’s views of black people.
Black Power: Discussing Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses
Thu 24 Oct at 7pm in The Curve

If you’ve been bowled over by ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by the UK’s children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, or even if you haven’t read the book but want to find out what you’ve been missing, come along to this energetic evening discussion. ‘Noughts and Crosses’ explores an alternative world in which dark-skinned Crosses enact Jim Crow-like laws against pale-skinned Noughts. This ground-breaking novel – which was one of the 20 titles handed out for World Book Night this year – will serve as a starting-point for a broader discussion about racism in western society.