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This is an online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time. The British Library and Faber Social present a celebration of Bessie Smith, pioneering blues singer and one of the biggest stars of the s and 30s. As a young black girl growing up in Glasgow, writer and poet Jackie Kay found in Bessie someone with whom she could identify and who she could idolise.
Kay talks to award winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo about new her book on Bessie's life, which mixes enthralling biography with fiction, poetry and prose. Born in Tennessee in and orphaned by the age of nine, Smith sang on street corners before becoming a big name in travelling shows alongside the likes of Ma Rainey. In she made her first recording for a new start-up called Columbia Records. It soldcopies. She once single-handedly fought off a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
Her gorgeous and powerful voice, unapologetic songs and bold personality have been an inspiration to many ever since. Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She has been the third modern Makar, the National Poet of Scotland, since A poet, novelist and writer of short stories, she has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Bernardine Evaristo is the author of eight books and numerous other works that span the genres of verse fiction, short fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama.
She is currently curating Black Britain: Writing Back a new book series with Penguin UK re-publishing books which have been out of circulation. Nona Hendryx is one of the great American music artists of the last six decades. Her solo career has never ceased innovating and has included eight studio albums, collaborations with the likes of Prince, Peter Gabriel, Talking He and more, resulting in several top 10 hits and a Grammy nomination. Hendryx also produces, teaches and writes for theatre and film. This event is a partnership between the British Library and Faber Social.
Faber Social is now an events-only programme, bringing together artists from the worlds of books and music. To keep informed of all future Faber Social events become a Faber Member for free at faber. The British Library is a charity.
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Online Event. With songs performed by Nona Hendryx. This event was originally scheduled to take place on 18 February. Don't miss an event again! Subscribe to our free newsletter and keep up to date with exhibitions and events plus exclusive offers up to our What's On newsletter. British Library website satisfaction survey Take part in our web survey! Why not take a few moments to tell us what you think of our website? Your views could help shape our site for the future. Yes please No thanks. Wed 31 Mar-Adult singles dating in Bessie
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