Colin Grant & Clair Wills
Migration: Windrush and Beyond
From 1948, Commonwealth citizens were encouraged to relocate to Britain, including West Indians enticed to ‘come home’. The cultural landscape encountered was often hostile and racist. Yet post-war Britain needed rebuilding, and new arrivals also flocked from Ireland, Bengal, Poland, Malta, the Punjab and Cyprus, transforming themselves and the country in the process. Colin Grant, (Homecoming, Voices of the Windrush Generation), and Clair Wills (Lovers and Strangers) discuss mass migration’s impact on this transfiguring period of UK history.
Colin Grant is the author of four highly praised books: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey (2008), I and I: The Natural Mystics Marley, Tosh and Wailer (2011), Bageye at the Wheel (2012), and A Smell of Burning (2016). He teaches creative non-fiction writing, most recently for Arvon and Sierra Nevada College. He is also a historian, Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and producer for BBC Radio.
Clair Wills teaches at Princeton University, having previously taught at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War, Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO and The Best Are Leaving: Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture.