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Leeds Library Salon: On Freedom

  • The Leeds Library 18 Commercial St, Leeds LS1 6AL Leeds LS1 6AL (map)

A new quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality. Presented by Leeds Library. Curated and co-produced by Renaissance One

Kei Miller, Naomi Sumner Chan, Sai Murray, The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA), Melanie Abrahams

ON FREEDOM: Kei Miller, a writer of novels, poetry, essays and blogs, and a winner of the Forward Prize for Poetry and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature will examine ideas and conceptions of freedom and emancipation. Playwright, poet and theatremaker Naomi Sumner Chan explores through poems and anecdotes ideas of religious freedom and freedom of sexual expression and ponders the question ‘when we follow religious rules what are we free from and what are we free to do?’. The David Oluwale Memorial Association (Isobel Kamiya and Max Farrar) will talk about their use of the creative arts to reflect on the story of David Oluwale in Leeds, and promote freedom and social justice for all those who are marginalised and excluded today. Ten years on from the FWords: Creative Freedom project and his role within it, poet, writer and graphic artist Sai Murray will reflect on the nature of freedom in our supposedly post-racial Black President/diverse Royal family world. Hosted by Melanie Abrahams.

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Earlier Event: June 23
A Walk of Curiosity and Temptations
Later Event: July 28
This, That and 'The Other