Friday 3rd May

Bess: Now That I Have Found the Words - Rose Thomas
Venue: Gilmour Room, Guild of Students, University of Liverpool,  L3 5TR
Time: 6.30pm 
Tickets: Free, no booking required.

Bess, young, black and growing up in post-war Liverpool, faces age-old racism amidst new opportunities for work, and social and sexual exploration - from call-girl in clubs in the 1970s, to a rebirth in consciousness following the Toxteth Riots of ’81, and the joys and troubles of her life in between.

Rose Thomas, mother of 3, was born in 1942 and brought up in Toxteth, Liverpool, and is the first Liverpool-born black woman to have a novel published. As a mature student Rose developed her writing skills through a three-year University-based creative writing course. Now in her seventies, after a long and varied career, this is her debut novelpublished by Writing on the Wall. Bess: Now That I Have Found The Words presents a view of Liverpool that has previously remained unseen. Following the eponymous protagonist as she returns to the city after spending several years in London, the novel explores the experiences and memories of a young, black woman as she faces age-old racism amidst new opportunities for work and personal, social and sexual exploration. Recently reviewed by Northern Soul, the novel is praised for its attention to 'the everyday, familiar and internal', while Rose herself is described as 'a beautiful storyteller with an important narrative [to tell] about prejudice, love, time, memory and trauma'.

Ms Esther Bukoye, a rapper and spoken word poet graduated from the University of Liverpool LLB Law (with honours) in July 2018. After having run a successful campus-wide election campaign, she now works as an elected Student Officer at Liverpool Guild of Students (the student union), representing the views of over 24,000 students at the university. Apart from fulfilling her policies, she cites her fundamental priority as fostering more cultural diversity within the Guild.

2019 is Liverpool's Year of the Woman and we are proud to be part of Culture Liverpool's RISE programme.

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