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Black History Month

Dig Where You Stand: Speak Story to Power

Désirée Reynolds has been the Writer In Residence at Sheffield Archives for six months. Using a style which combines archival material, documentary prose and fiction, Désirée weaves together her creative responses to what she has found and not found in them. This is the last piece for Now Then, in her serialisation of ‘Dig Where You Stand’.

Dig Where You Stand: Blue Fire

In the third instalment of ‘Dig Where You Stand’, Otis Mensah releases his poem ‘Blue Fire’ and talks to Dr Alex Mason about the process and impact of producing this new work.

Dig Where You Stand: Thomas Pompey

Désirée Reynolds has been the Writer In Residence at the Sheffield Archives for six months. Using a style combining archival material, documentary prose and fiction, Désirée weaves together her creative responses to what she has found. She continues her serialisation of ‘Dig Where You Stand’.

Dig Where You Stand: The Girl at the Factory Gates

Désirée Reynolds has been the Writer In Residence at the Sheffield Archives for six months. Using a style combining archival material, documentary prose and fiction, Désirée weaves together her creative responses to what she has found.

Lauren Yvonne "Never let anyone tell you to stay in your lane"

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have significantly impacted the Northern arts and cultural industry, with some organisations closing their doors. Annalisa Toccara spoke to Lauren Yvonne about the challenges of being a theatre producer during this time and the advice she would give to emerging black theatre practitioners.

Coloniality in the NHS – A Call for Change

This year has highlighted both the importance of the NHS and our society’s deep structural racism. The NHS is itself not immune to racism, which stems from Britain’s colonial past.

David Olusoga On structural racism, the TV industry and white allyship

In a year that has highlighted vast structural inequalities, Annalisa Toccara speaks to David Olusoga about his MacTaggart Lecture, what white allyship means, and how society can address racial disparities, ahead of David’s appearance at Off The Shelf Festival of Words.

Contributing to Black History Month as a White Man

White people engaging with Black History Month is always going to be uncomfortable. But sitting with this discomfort, and using our privilege for good, is how we start to dismantle racism at a systemic level, all year round.

Patty B On Black

Local artist speaks about creativity, mental health, the Black Lives Matter movement, and her upcoming exhibition at Abbeydale Picture House.