In Person Event: David Olusoga

David Olusoga: Black and British: A Forgotten History

One of the UK’s most respected historians and broadcasters, David Olusoga tells the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean in his new book Black and British: A Forgotten History.

David Olusoga has long argued that British history is intrinsically entwined with Black British history – that the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars.

David will be in conversation about his most recent book, and will take questions from the audience. A book signing will take place after the event.

About the speaker(s):

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker.

His most recent TV series include Empire (BBC 2), Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), 3 seasons of A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2).

David is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism and Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress.

In 2020, he held an exclusive interview with former President of the United States, Barack Obama and his recent book Black and British: A Short, Essential History won the Children’s Illustrated & Non-Fiction book of the year at the 2021 British Book Awards.

About this event:

Event information: This event will take place in person, in a space with only half capacity sold.

Event Duration: This event will last for 60 minutes.

Covid-19 requirements: The space is well ventilated, and will only be sold to half capacity. Attendees will be encouraged to wear a face covering whilst moving around inside the venue.

Book signing: A book stall will be available at the venue, and book signing will take place after the event.

Get involved: The speakers will take questions from the audience at the end of the event.

This event is run by Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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Bramall Music Building
The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston


09 Oct 2021


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


£15 / £12 (concs)