Reimagining Britain: Curating, Performing, Publishing, Reading

By Wasafiri Editor on October 30, 2019 in

Since 1984 Wasafiri has been centrally involved in conversations around the teaching of literature.

As part of our 35th anniversary celebrations and publication of issue 100, Wasafiri in collaboration with Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Exeter has organised the one-day symposium, ‘Reimagining Britain: Curating, Performing, Publishing, Reading’.

Featuring a series of discussions about the current climate for artistic and cultural production in Britain, the four thematic strands are on English literature (in particular school and university curricula design), Publishing, Curating and Performing. The event brings together experts and practitioners who will share their experience of how these areas of the arts may or may not be changing, especially given ongoing agendas around inclusivity, diversity and ‘decolonising’.

Speakers include:

Aditi Anand, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Natasha Bucknor, Elizabeth Cooper, Corinne Fowler, Rachael Gilmour, Nadia Yahya Hafedh, Anthony Joseph, Danuta Kean, Madhu Krishnan, Malachi McIntosh, Rachael Minott and Jeremy Poynting.

The event takes place on 8 November, 9.30-19.30 at the Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS. It is free but booking is essential.


Wasafiri emerged out of ATCAL, the Association for the Teaching of Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures, a pressure group set up in the 1980s with a mission to open up the school and university curriculum. Through the range and breadth of writers published, themed special issues, and a dedicated focus on contemporary and international writing, the magazine continues its mission to bring this work to wider public attention.

On 9 November, Wasafiri will continue its birthday celebrations at the British Library with a festival of literature and writing, ‘An Island Full of Voices’. Further details can be found here.


The event is organised by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, and the Department of English and Film’ s World and Postcolonial Cultures Research Group at the University of Exeter in collaboration with Wasafiri. The event is generously supported by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the University of Exeter, Arts and Culture at QMUL, and the Centre for Public Engagement at QMUL.

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