Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Surge by Jay Bernard

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Surge is an award-winning multimedia poetry project dealing with the 1981 New Cross “massacre” – a fire at a birthday party in south London which killed 13 young black people. Inspiration for the piece, initially called Surge: Side A, came from Jay’s residency at the George Padmore Institute, a research centre in London for black history, and they continue to develop the work.

"Startling and fresh and unique... a moving and powerful struggle for validation in the Black British community, and the poet’s own clarification of identity” – Judges of the 2017 Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry. 

Jay Bernard is from London and works as a writer and film programmer at BFI Flare (London’s LGBT film festival). Surge: Side A was produced by Speaking Volumes and performed at the Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival 2017 for which Jay won the 2017 Ted Hughes Prize. Read more about Jay's work on their website, and watch a clip from an earlier version of Surge here.

Tickets are free, but must be booked via the link below.