A Jubilee of a Different Kind

24 Oct



The programme has been announced. See below…

Follow us on Twitter @DianeAbbott25 on Friday for live-tweets and keep an eye on this blog for updates throughout the day.


Programme Announced

24 Oct

D-Day: 26th October – Programme Announced

Programme of events:

10.00 – 10:25 ‘Dedication’ by SuAndi OBE and keynote address from Herman, Lord Ouseley.

10.25-11.25  Panel 1: Journalism 

Chair: Professor James Curran

Panelists: Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown MBE, Hannah Pool, Hugh Muir

11.45-12.45   Panel 2: Education – ‘From London School and the Black Child to Black Professors in British Universities’ 

Dedication: Angie LeMar (writer, performer)

Panelists: Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor Kevin Hylton, Dr. Keith Davidson

2.00-3.00   Panel 3: Politics – ‘Democracy, in Catastrophic Terminal Decline?’ 

Diane Abbott’s Maiden Speech read by Yvonne Brewster OBE

Chair: Simon Woolley

Panelists: Ken Livingstone, Darcus Howe, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Simon Hughes MP

3.00-4.00  Panel 4: Young People 

CEN 8 performance

AMOS Bursary Students: mentoring and internships

Chair: David Wood

Panelists: Malorie Blackman OBE, S.I. Martin, Lewisham Young Mayor

4.15-5.15 Panel 5: The Arts

Aminatta Forna – reading from The Memory of Love

Jo Melville – monologue

Chair: Moira Stuart OBE

Panelists: Patricia Cumper, Margaret Busby OBE, John Akomfrah OBE

Venue 2 Department of Theatre and Performance, Richard Hoggart Building. 

5.30-5.55   Oberon Books Drinks reception: Studio 1 Dept, of Theatre and Performance (RHB)

Including: – Book launch: Hidden Gems Vol. II (Oberon) Yvonne Brewster OBE

– ‘Toast to Diane Abbott MP’ Shami Chakrabarty CBE

 6.00 – 7.00pm GEORGE WOOD THEATRE: Poetry and Live Music 

• Linton Kwesi Johnson

• Kadija George

• Lizzy Dijeh

• Malika Booker

• Dorothea Smartt,

• SuAndi

• Zena Edwards

• Tunday Akintan solo performance

• Felicity Buckland, ‘And I Set Sail’ Mary Seacole by Richard Chew, libretto by SuAndi

• Christopher Taylor, piano, ‘Reflections in the Water’ by Claude Debussy

A Jubilee of a Different Kind

7 Oct



On 26th October 2012, we will be honouring Britain’s First Black Woman Member of Parliament.

The day will feature debate, discussion and cultural events representing the broad spectrum of Diane’s career, in recognition of her longstanding commitment not only to politics and community life, but to education, young people’s welfare, culture and the arts.

Featuring panel discussions, readings and live performance, this day long event will be a jubilee of a different kind.

D-Day will be taking place at Goldsmiths, University of London, and although attendance is by invitation, we are pleased to be live-blogging, live-tweeting and streaming the event – so watch this space.