UWE alumnus launches book on African Diaspora

Issue date: 29 January 2009


University of the West of England Book launch – 13 February 2009 at 19.30 Arnolfini Bristol
Seasoned by Edson Burton published by City Chameleon.

Dr Edson Burton, an alumnus from the University of the West of England will launch his latest book, Seasoned, published by City Chameleon, at the Arnolfini in Bristol on Friday 13 February 2009. The book launch will include a dramatised performance directed by Bristol based Director Sam Berger.

Seasoned is a collection of poems which document a personal and collective journey through the historical and contemporary African Diaspora experience. The book examines multiple forms of alienation – gender, race, self – told through a new experiment in dramatised poetry performance.

The book name is derived from 'Seasoning' a word given to the process which lasted between one and three years and involved slaves being 'familiarised' with plantation routines and discipline and taught to use tools that they may not have used before.

Edson Burton said, “Seasoned arose out of my long held conviction that there is continuity between the historical and contemporary African Diaspora experience. I am aware that aspects of that continuity have been explored in verse by other artists but my work tells a collective and personal story.”

Tickets are available at the Arnolfini box office £6.00 / £4.00 concessions. See: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/events/details/205

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Editors notes:

Dr Edson Burton has organised and delivered a range of Black History courses and presentations at university (UWE) and grass roots level. Also a regular performer on the South West poetry scene, he has supported Simon Armitage, Glenis Redmond and Dana Bryant.
He is also a storyteller and the author of several theatre and radio plays including the Radio 4 dramas The Armour Of Immanuel and Corner. In 2007 he wrote two plays to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade: Rebel Woman, broadcast on regional radio, and Slave Ship, a community production by Say It Loud.

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