Blazing Book Launch

Thu Oct 05 2023 at 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Bristol | Bristol

Afrikan ConneXions Consortium
Publisher/HostAfrikan ConneXions Consortium
Blazing Book Launch
Blazing Book Launch: Dynamic duo of blazing books by Professor Gus John
About this Event

Afrikan Connexions Consortium Proudly Presents: Blazing Book Launch

Blazing Book Launch event, happening on Thu Oct 05 2023 at 18:00 in the Malcolm X Community Centre located at 121 City Rd, Bristol, BS2 8AH

Discover the hottest new releases and get a chance to meet Prof Gus John in person. 'Blazing Trails' and 'Don’t Salvage the Empire Windrush' are 2 new books by our esteemed Elder Professor Gus John.

Professor Shawn Sobers, will have a blazing and fascinating conversation with Prof Gus John about his new releases. We will also explore and discuss his life’s work and how he has been at the forefront of fighting racism and standing up for Black communities for the last six decades.

Opening remarks will be made by Sis Jendayi Serwah from Afrikan Connexions Consortium who will introduce the vision for Zenzele Village.

This event is a must-attend for all community, civil and political activists who wish to continue blazing a trail forward.

At the Blazing Book Launch, you'll have the opportunity to connect with Prof Gus John, ask questions, and get your books signed.

Don't miss out on this unique chance to engage with Prof Gus John.

Mark your calendars and get ready for an evening filled with Blazing literary delights!

Light refreshments will be available.

The event is free and any donations will be more than welcome.

Open to all. Card and Cash payments are accepted for the purchase of any books.

Doors open 6 pm. Event begins at 6.30 pm.

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Professor Gus John is one of the co-founders of the Communities Empowerment Network – CEN. He is also a writer, education campaigner, consultant, lecturer and researcher.

He has worked extensively in the fields of education policy, management and international development and as a social analyst he specialises in social audits, change management, policy formulation and review, and programme evaluation and development.

Since the 1960's Gus has been visibly active in issues of education and schooling in Britain's inner cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and London, and was the first black Director of Education and Leisure Services in Britain. Gus has also worked in a number of university settings, including as visiting Faculty Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, as an associate professor of education and honorary fellow of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London and is a visiting professor at Coventry University.

A respected public speaker and media commentator, Gus works internationally as an executive coach and a management and social investment consultant. He is also a frequent contributor to the Guardian, writing on subjects including Windrush, universities and education, racism in UK institutions, and about Grenada, which is where he was born.

He is a Non-Executive Director for New Beacon Books, which was established in 1966, and is the only remaining independent Black publishing and book selling entity in the UK. it has been central to the growth of the Black Education Movement, the Black Supplementary School Movement and current calls for the decolonisation of the curriculum.

OPEN LETTER By Professor Gus John On Windrush Sham

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Blazing Book Launch will be chaired by Professor Shawn Sobers.

Professor Shawn Sobers is a professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol, teaching photography, film making, Research Methods, MRes and PhD.

His work in film and photography is primarily people-based, rooted in personal narratives, hidden histories and untold stories. As a researcher his work has spanned a wide range of topics, including; community media, creative education, Trans-Atlantic slave trade, disability & walking, and Rastafari culture

His recent book Black Everyday Lives, Material Culture & Narrative: 'Tings in de House', was published by Routledge in 2023.

Professor Shawn Sobers also, Co-founded Firstborn Creatives production company in 1999 with Rob Mitchell, and made programmes for BBC 1, ITV West and Channel 4. A collection of his work can be found at

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Jendayi Sewarh, from Afrikan Connexions Consortium is a freelance consultant, trainer, and hosts a regular show on the local Ujima Radio. Jendayi’s experience working with local black communities and black led organisations led to her role as the Chair of Black South West Network bimonthly Black VCSE Network.

African Connexions Consortium, are taking a 2 pronged approach to securing power for our people - we are working to lobby and influence the establishment whilst setting our own independent agenda that serves our interests locally. We will not sit on the sidelines moaning about lack! We will challenge, represent and influence as a power bloc on behalf of Afrikan Heritage Communities in Bristol. We are proud to be affiliated to the Global Afrikan Peoples Parliament.

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Bristol, United Kingdom


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