Literature & Stories

Samuel Selvon’s lonely London for Caribbean immigrants

Long before Zadie Smith’s White Teeth defined a second generation of British emigrants came Samuel Selvon. Born in Trinidad Selvon’s novels, beginning with 1956’s Lonely Londoner, brought to life the ‘cities within a city’ – divided by class and race.

“Because Sam has written so authentically, he has made it easier for the rest of us who want to make people talk the way they do. Sam was the first man, and I think we ought to give him credit for this, who made it possible,” said VS Naipaul.

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Samuel Selvon (left) with compatriot activist/publisher John La Rose (centre) and fellow writer, Jamaican Andrew Salkey (right).

Art & Design

London exhibition celebrates first Jamaican immigrants

The weather was bad, the food was crap and yes there was racism, but this was a great generation…

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passenger ship Empire Windrush docking in Britain, the beginning of the first wave of Jamaican emigration to that country.

War to Windrush is showing at the Imperial War Museum, London until March 2009. Entrance is free.

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