A very special event has been created to mark the conclusion of this year’s thought provoking and diverse Salford Lectures series. The University of Salford is pleased to welcome two accomplished and renowned individuals from the worlds of art and literature. Sokari Douglas Camp, sculptor, and Jackie Kay, writer and poet, bring their creations to walk and talk together with us in an evening of conversation, led by Brenda Cooper, Honorary Research Associate, University of Manchester. Multiple worlds and media mingle and meld within their chosen languages of expression and their cultural contexts, which are Nigerian, Scottish and English. In the process they forge new vocabularies.
Sokari Douglas Camp
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, was born in Buguma, Rivers State, Nigeria. The critically acclaimed sculptor and artist began her career studying fine art at Central School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. Since then Sokari has gone on to represent Britain and Nigeria in National Exhibitions and has hosted over forty solo shows worldwide.
One of Sokari’s most memorable public artworks was Battle Bus: Living Memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa (2006), a full replica of a Nigerian steel bus which stands as a monument to the late Niger delta activist and writer.
In 2003 Sokari was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth and in 2005 she was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to art. Sokari is globally recognised with permanent collections at The Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C., Setagaya Museum, Tokyo and the British Museum, London.
In more recent years her work ‘All the World is Now Richer,’ a memorial to commemorate the abolition of slavery, was exhibited in The House of Commons 2012. The work has been touring since 2013 it has been displayed in Bristol Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral and St George’s Hall in Liverpool. The sculptures are currently being exhibited at St Paul's Cathedral London until 31st May 2014.
Born and raised in Scotland, with a Scottish mother and Nigerian father, raised by much-loved adoptive parents in Glasgow, Jackie Kay MBE is best known for her outstanding contribution to literature for which she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and awarded an MBE in 2006.
Her poems, books and short stories have won an array of awards and prizes. The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the COSTA award. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the London Book Award.
Additionally Jackie writes for children and has written extensively for stage and television. Her book ‘Red Cherry Red’ (Bloomsbury) won the Clype award and her most recent plays ‘Manchester Lines’ (produced by Manchester Library Theatre) and ‘The New Maw Broon Monologues (produced by Glasgay) were a great success.
Jackie is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and is currently working on her new novel ‘Bystander.’
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