Saturday 31st March 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The Brixton Pound Cafe, 77 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PU
In July 2013, soon after graduating from the University of Cambridge, writer, performer, and producer Siana Bangura founded No Fly on the Wall, an online and offline platform centring the voices of Black British women and Black women living in the UK.
Inspired by conversations that were taking place online at the time and propelled into action by feelings of simultaneous invisibility and hyper-visibility, Bangura curated an online space for new and exciting voices to lead conversations about everything from the vast and diverse experiences of Black British womanhood to Black masculinity and its relationship with Feminism, and how marginalised voices can learn to Take Up Space un-apologetically.
Over the course of five years, No Fly on the WALL provided online and offline spaces in which to explore and interrogate the status quo, all the while advocating the power of building as a community, being in the room when possible, and networking and collaborating meaningfully.
The political landscape in Britain has changed significantly since 2013, when various grassroots and DIY organisations like No Fly on the WALL began. Since then there has been an upsurge of creative, radical, grassroots, and independent platforms providing a voice and representation for young Black women and Women of Colour in particular.
As we close the doors of the No Fly on the WALL Academy and embark on the challenge of organising differently, we have put together a collection of some of our best and most poignant pieces from across the years.
We believe in the importance of archiving our personal and shared histories and hope that by adding to the canon of Black British Feminist literature, we continue to play a small part in empowering the disenfranchised to place their heads above the parapet, and refuse – always – to merely be a fly on the wall, watching as the world turns on its axis.
Voices in this collection include:
- Siana Bangura
- Tenelle Ottley-Matthew
- Barbara Ntumy
- Vanessa Kisuule
- Kelechi Okafor
- Chinny Ukata
- Kadie Kposowa
- Tele Ogunyemi
- Jendella Benson
Join us in Brixton from 7:00 PM on Saturday 31st March 2018 as we say Farewell to No Fly on the WALL and hello to a new chapter (literally and figuratively). There will be drinks and, as always, space for networking. Speaking on the night will be friends of No Fly on the WALL: Kelechi Okafor, Jendella Benson, Seyi Newell, and Barbara Ntumy, as well as Siana Bangura herself. We will also be unveiling the book cover for our upcoming anthology of writing by Black British women.
Joining us from Birmingham will be singer-songwriter Ruth K. Noah, one of our very own SHEroes of No Fly on the WALL.
Come along to our final event and wave us farewell and find out what Team No Fly on the WALL will be getting up to next!