Black History Month 2019 - WoW - Liverpool

Weds 23rd October

Bess by Rose Thomas
Venue: Aldham Robarts Library Seminar Room, 29 Maryland Street, Liverpool, L1 9DE
Time: 2pm
Tickets: Free – registration recommended

Bess, young, black and part of a new generation growing up in post-war Liverpool, faces age-old racism amidst new opportunities for work, and personal, social and sexual exploration. Returning to Liverpool from her home in London, Bess ponders her early life, from innocent au pair to a middle-class family through to becoming a call-girl in the local 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. This is a beautiful debut novel that moves and inspires in equal measure.

Rose Thomas, mother of 3, was born in 1942 and brought up in Toxteth, Liverpool. She has written poems and plays. Rose has achieved some success in publishing in the past, albeit on a very small scale, and has sought to develop her skills by engaging in a three year University-based course in Creative Writing. Rose has read extracts from her novel at a variety of events with Writing on the wall and most recently at the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) conference held in Liverpool Hope University. Now in her seventies, after a long and varied career, this is her first novel. 

In partnership with Liverpool John Moore’s University.


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