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Windrush, Forests in Art, South African Jazz

Colin Grant, Hannah Lowe and Jay Bernard discuss writing about Windrush with Shahidha Bari. Plus new research on show at the British Academy and Alex Harris looks at trees in art.

Colin Grant, Hannah Lowe and Jay Bernard discuss writing about Windrush 70 years on with Shahidha Bari. Plus Alexandra Harris looks at trees in art as part of Radio 3's Into the Forest season of programmes and Jonathan Eato and Nduduzo Makhintini discuss their research into South African jazz -- one of the subjects in the British Academy Summer Showcase.

Colin Grant has written books including Bageye at the Wheel, A Smell of Burning, I & I Natural Mystics and Negro with a Hat.
Hannah Lowe's poems include Ormonde, a specially produced chapbook charting the voyage of the 1947 SS Ormonde from Jamaica to the UK through the lens of her Chinese-Jamaican immigrant father, a passenger on the boat.
Jay Bernard was awarded the 2018 Ted Hughes award for new poetry for Surge: Side A, an exploration of the 1981 New Cross fire.
More information about Windrush is at

Alexandra Harris is the author of books including Weatherland, Virginia Woolf, Modernism on Sea and Romantic Moderns.
You can hear a Landmark discussion about Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway available on and the The Royal Society of Literature is marking Dalloway Day at the British Library today.

The British Academy Summer Showcase - a new free festival of ideas - runs June 22nd - 23rd at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH . Opening times are 11am - 5pm with an evening opening on 22nd.

Producer: Zahid Warley

Main image: Stars 14, 2015 by Ellie Davies, (c) Ellie Davies. Courtesy Ellie Davies/Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery.

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45 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest Alexandra Harris
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Eato
Interviewed Guest Nduduzo Makhintini
Interviewed Guest Colin Grant
Interviewed Guest Hannah Lowe
Interviewed Guest Jay Bernard
Producer Zahid Warley


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