Birmingham Literature Festival: Unwritten - Carribean Poems after the First World War
Birmingham Literature Festival
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
£15 (includes copy of the book)
What does it mean to fight for a ‘mother country’ that refuses to accept you as one of its own? Britain’s First World War poets changed the way we view military conflict and had a deep impact on the national psyche. Yet the stories of the 15,600 Caribbean volunteers who signed up to the British West Indian Regiment remain largely unknown. Sadly, these citizens of the empire were not embraced as compatriots on an equal footing. Instead they faced prejudice, injustice and discrimination while being confined to menial and auxiliary work, regardless of rank or status.