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Black Gold

The Empire Cafe Episode 3 of 3

Fred D'Aguiar completes our series of brand new stories recorded in front of a Glasgow audience at The Empire Cafe in Glasgow. Writers Fred D'Aguiar, Kei Miller and Jackie Kay have all turned their attention to some of the products of Empire and the Atlantic slave trade at this commonwealth themed cafe and literary venue. The Empire Cafe is opening specially for the Games period and is run by award winning thriller writer Louise Welsh. Each story will focus on one product of Empire.

Fred D'Aguiar's 'Black Gold' is set in Glasgow with a slave brought back to Scotland in a story that looks to sugar - from the Jamaican plantations across the Atlantic to Glasgow. British-Guyanese writer Fred D'Aguiar has won prizes for both his poetry and novels, and his work contemplates issues of race and belonging. His most recent novel Children of Paradise is published by Granta.

The authors will be reading at the Empire Cafe in the Briggait in Glasgow's Merchant City (where the merchants would have kept look out for their ships docking with goods from the commonwealth and sent an assistant running to greet them).

Produced by Allegra McIlroy.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Sun 10 Aug 2014 19:45


Role Contributor
ReaderFred D'Aguiar
WriterFred D'Aguiar
ProducerAllegra McIlroy