• 3.30am-4.00pm talk by Professor Shirley Chew, Leeds University
  • 4.00-4.30pm reading by Bernardine Evaristo, novelist
  • 5.00-5.30pm talk by Kadija George, Managing Editor of Sable Literary Magazine
  • 5.30-6.00pm reading by Professor Archie Markham, poet and novelist
  • 6.00-7.00pm panel discussion

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Grants Received

This event was made possible by the generosity of the Friends Fund, Lancaster University and the cooperation of LitFest and Lancaster City Council.



writing . culture . location

the desire to dwell convivially with difference can appear naïve, trifling, or misplaced in the face of deepening global inequalities and conflicts over resources, on one side, and a routine, almost banal multi-culture on the other…                                      

Paul Gilroy

Anticipation: Multiculturalism, Conviviality, Commonality or Compulsory Adaptation? took place at the Storey Institute, Lancaster, on 15th March 2006. The event brought writers, academics and publishers into dialogue, celebrating new creative work through readings and exploring the potential for dialogue between creative and critical writing in the context of journal production, and between writing and a broader socio-political context.

About the Speakers

Shirley Chew is Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds and general editor of a major new journal of creative and critical writing, entitled Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings.

Bernardine Evaristo, author of Blonde Roots and The Emperor’s Babe, was born in London to an English mother and Nigerian father and emerged as a successful writer during the 1990s.

Kadija George is a literary activist, editor and publisher and the founder and managing Editor of Sable Literary Magazine

Archie Markham (1 October 1939 – 23 March 2008) was a poet and writer, known for poetry in both patois and standard English, for short stories and a comic novel. He edited two significant collections of Caribbean writing, and several literary magazines.

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