This Kind of Black is Reece Williams' debut collection of poetry and explores his identity as a Black man from Manchester, drawing on his Caribbean ancestry, and the nuance of this kind of Black British experience.
Reece Williams is a Mancunian poet of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. For over 10 years, Reece has been bringing his inimitable, no-holds-barred brand of wordsmithery to stages up and down the country (including Band On The Wall and The Southbank Centre) and internationally too (with performances in New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Café -the ‘temple’ of spoken word and the prestigious Schaubuehne in Berlin). He has opened for the likes of international spoken word legend Saul Williams, Mercury Prize Winner Kae Tempest and hip-hop forerunners The Last Poets. He is a proud Alumni of the Obsidian Foundation.
Funded by an Arts Council Project Grant, This Kind of Black is his debut collection of poetry and explores Reece’s identity as a Black man from Manchester, drawing on his Caribbean ancestry, and the nuance of this kind of Black British experience. A car ride with his Dad (a notorious gangster) through the streets of Moss Side at the height of it’s Gunchester fame. A meal at a stush Jamaican restaurant (‘look pon how di plate mawga’). Primark becoming a dancehall on a Thursday afternoon as Reece learns the candy dance.
Reece will read a selection of poems from the manuscript and will be joined digitally by Nick Makoha, (author of Kingdom of Gravity, shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize) for a reading and discussion.