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The World is in Our Words, London launch with Chris Searle

The World is in Our Words, London launch with Chris Searle
Wednesday, 14th June, 2023    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oxford House*
Derbyshire Road, London, E2 6HG
Bookings closed

Pick up The World is in Our Words and be enthused by energy unbounded, going in several directions at once. [Chris Searle’s] life is a challenge to all those repressive mind manacles imposed by the Conservatives in the 1980s, which have accrued ever since.’                              Sheila Rowbotham, from the Introduction

The World is in Our Words follows Searle’s teaching, writing and anti-racist mobilising experiences in East London, Sheffield, Canada and Manchester, in particular his five years as a headteacher at Earl Marshal Comprehensive School, Sheffield, where he and the school governors established England’s first non-permanent exclusion policy.
The book is about the search to create a truly internationalist school curriculum, using critical literacy, community activism, student self-organisation and academic excellence as its founding principles – an exemplar of Bob Marley’s lyric and the watchwords of the school: ‘None but ourselves can free our minds’.

This event will also revisit Chris’s earlier life in London. He achieved fame in 1970 when, after publishing the work of his school students, he was sacked, leading to a strike by his pupils. He was eventually reinstated by Margaret Thatcher, then Minister for Education. His early years and the strike years are described in Isaac and I, also from Five Leaves.

Chris Searle has taught in Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, East London, Mozambique, Grenada, Sheffield and Manchester. He has also written or edited over fifty books on education, language, literature, cricket, tabloid journalism and jazz.  His book The Forsaken Lover won the Martin Luther King Award and he has worked closely with the Institute of Race Relations, writing for its international journal Race and Class since 1980. He has written a jazz column for the Morning Star for 25 years

Chaired by broadcaster Alan Dein

There will also be a short film about Stepney Words

Chris will be speaking at 6.45

Both his Five Leaves books will be available at a special price on the night

This event is free

Bar on site, open from 6.00pm



Bookings are closed for this event.