Friday 5th May 19.00 - London Review Bookshop, WC1A 2JL
The fleeting appearance of black faces in Tudor paintings marks the silent presence of a community's untold story. Who were the black men and women who lived, loved, and died in Renaissance Britain? How did they arrive? And how can we recover their voices when all we have is a glimpse in a portrait here, or church and court record there?
In the great age of travel and discovery, human mobility, both voluntary and forced, left its mark on art, culture, political debates, and on European imagination itself. Black presence in Renaissance Britain forms an essential part of that bigger story. Writer D'Aguiar and historians Olusoga and Fletcher join Nandini Das, director of TIDE, to explore the challenge of using fiction to recover those lost voices in history.
An event in partnership with the London Review Bookshop.