Toni Morrison’s Beloved: Lit in Colour Pioneers Event
Tuesday 7 December 4pm – 5pm
Award-winning playwright Patricia Cumper will be in conversation with author Rosanna Amaka about her adaptation of Toni Morrison’s seminal novel Beloved which is a set text on Pearson Edexcel’s new English Literature A Level specification. During this event Patricia and Rosanna will discuss the significance of Toni Morrison’s contributions to literature, as well as the historical context, plot and overarching themes in Beloved. Members of the audience are also invited to ask their own questions on the text during the Q&A.
Patricia Cumper is an award-winning playwright who has written for theatre and radio for more than thirty years. Patricia’s plays have toured the Caribbean, Canada and the USA. She has also written award-winning radio drama for BBC Radio 4 and World Service including original series, plays and adaptations. She recently adapted four of the six volumes of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies and won an Outstanding Contribution award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020. From 2006 to 2012, Patricia was Artistic Director and CEO of Talawa Theatre Company, the UK’s largest Black-led theatre company and produced work with West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Victoria and Albert Museum and English Touring Theatre. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and was awarded an MBE for services to Black British Theatre.
Rosanna Amaka was born to African and Caribbean parents. She began writing The Book of Echoes twenty years ago to give voice to the Brixton community in which she grew up. Her community was fast disappearing – as a result of gentrification, emigration back to the Caribbean and Africa, or simply with the passing away of the older generation. Its depiction of unimaginable pain redeemed by love and hope was also inspired by a wish to understand the impact of history on present-day lives. Rosanna Amaka lives in South London. The Book of Echoes is her first novel. Meet her at @RosannaAmaka