David Olusoga

Wednesday 17th April 2019, 7:30pm, Queen's Hall, Hexham

COGITO FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT - From the huge range of wonderful events at this year's Hexham Book Festival, we've picked out a selection that we're particularly looking forward to. We have also reviewed a number of the books associated with these events in our Recommendations pages.

We'll have our book filled stall at all of the events, but if you would like to get a head start on your festival reading, we've already got many of the authors' books in the bookshop. Copies of the full programme of events are available to pick up in Cogito, or alternatively look online at the Hexham Book Festival website


David Olusoga

"The past haunts the present in all areas of our national conversation," observes British-Nigerian David Olusoga, one of the UK’s most influential, engaging and accessible historians. Olusoga is the author of the acclaimed The Kaiser’s Holocaust– an examination of the genocide in German South West Africa in the early years of the 20th Century – and The World’s War which examines the impact of World War One outside Europe.  

As well as a writer Olusoga is a BAFTA award-winning BBC presenter, most recently seen on our screens in A House Through Time (which featured a memorable episode about 5 Ravensworth Terrace in Newcastle) and Civilisations. His most recent literary work Black and British is a comprehensive and judicious history of black Britain and the deserving winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize. In Black and British Olusoga challenges the narrow vision of Britain’s history showing that there was a strong black presence in the country from Roman times and pulling together the threads of the nation’s forgotten past and its contested present and asks how history can help answer the questions facing us in the near future.

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