Register for the next free Salford Lecture
The University is hosting a special event to mark the conclusion of this year’s diverse and thought-provoking Salford Lectures series.
It will feature two accomplished and renowned figures from the worlds of art and literature.
You can register now to hear critically-acclaimed sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp CBE and award-winning poet and writer Jackie Kay MBE who have been invited to the University on 22 May to share their creations with the audience and provide an evening of fascinating conversation.
Sokari, who was born in Nigeria, has represented Britain and Nigeria in National Exhibitions and has hosted more than 40 solo shows worldwide.
One of her most memorable public artworks was ‘Battle Bus: Living Memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa’ – a full replica of a Nigerian steel bus, which stands as a monument to the late Niger delta activist and writer.
In 2003, Sokari was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth and in 2005 she was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to art. She is recognised globally, with permanent collections at The Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, and the British Museum, London.
In more recent years, Sokari’s work ‘All The World Is Now Richer’, a memorial to commemorate the abolition of slavery, was exhibited in the House of Commons 2012.
The work has been touring since 2013 and has been displayed in Bristol Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral and St George’s Hall, in Liverpool. The sculptures are currently being exhibited at St Paul's Cathedral, London, until 31 May 2014.
Jackie was born in Scotland, daughter of a Scottish mother and Nigerian father, and was raised by much-loved adoptive parents in Glasgow.
Her poems, books and short stories have won an array of awards and prizes – including the Guardian Fiction Award, Forward Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Prize, the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the London Book Award. She has also written extensively for stage and television.
Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, Jackie was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and awarded an MBE in 2006. She is currently working on her new novel, ‘Bystander’.
Through their chosen languages of expression, Sokari and Jackie will forge new vocabularies at this special event.
Walking Into New Vocabularies: A conversation between Jackie Kay and Sokari Douglas Camp will take place in Chapman Building on Thursday, 22 May, at 6pm.