Lost Children: The Black Atlantic and Northern Britain – An Interdisciplinary Symposium April 30- May 1

The Institute for Black Atlantic Research at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston is proud to announce that it will host a symposium to tie in with the launch of Caryl Phillips new novel The Lost Child, a prequel to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

It will echo the historical context and themes of the work discussing black presences across generations in the North from the 1770s to the present. It will be an interdisciplinary symposium which will bring together historians, visual artists, cultural critics and writers. It will discuss The Lost Child in its widest black Atlantic and Northern British context and highlight links and contexts that enable a variety of other writers and artists including the Brontes to be discussed. This will create dynamic new interpretations of British culture in this rarely heard context of the North and the Black Atlantic.

It will include two readings from Caryl Phillips at UCLAN and at the Bronte Parsonage Museum Haworth. The symposium will spend the second afternoon in Haworth and there will be an opportunity to explore Bronte Country with a guided tour from our own Victorian expert Dr.Theresa Saxon.

Our two keynote presenters are Dr. Jessica Moody (University of Portsmouth) an expert on Liverpool and its memory of slavery and Dr. Fionnghuala Sweeney (Newcastle University) an expert on Ireland, Britain and the Black Atlantic.

Visual Artists presenting their work include IBAR’s Professor Lubaina Himid, Manchester-based Kuljit Chuhan and Scarborough-born Jade Montserrat.

New York film-maker Sikay Tang will present her film Toby’s Paradise about the sojourn from Liverpool to Shanghai of a Nigerian-born sailor.

Joe Williams from Heritage Corner in Leeds will perform his show about the Northern, black Victorian British circus performer, Pablo Fanque (http://heritagecornerleeds.wix.com/heritage-corner).

Other contributors include:

Professor Bènèdict Ledent (University of Liege)

Professor Evelyn O’Callagham (University of the West Indies)

Professor John McLeod (University of Leeds)

Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria University)

To book, please visit


For queries, please contact Lyndsay Cambridge


01772 894240 

Academic organisers:

Professor Alan Rice arice@uclan.ac.uk & Andre Sillis andreasillis@hotmail.co.uk

IBAR Website: http://ibaruclan.com/


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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