Jamaicans in Nottingham: Narratives and Reflections is a unique collection of personal and reflective interviews and articles that presents narratives of ‘life in Nottingham’, from individuals of Jamaican heritage, who have contributed to the spirit and life of the city and its surrounding areas from the 1940’s to the present day.
Norma Gregory, author and photojournalist, strives to capture through diligent interviews, research and images, the ‘voices’ and narratives of many Jamaicans moving from their ‘island in the sun’ to live and work in Nottingham, after the devastation caused by Word War One and Two. The book also includes interviews from first generation, British born Jamaicans, who continue to strive for the highestlevels in professional and social standing, thus continuing to pass the baton of resilience and motivation created by many Jamaicans interviewed in this book, to the younger generations.
As an educational, non-fiction text, this volume contributes to the growing new researches into modern African Caribbean British social contexts. It is a powerful resource that highlights many personal histories of Nottingham’s post-war Jamaican migrants; their challenges and their successes achieved in Nottingham evident in their memories and experiences of employment and family commitments; an instilled desire for cultural heritage awareness and their sense of pride and achievement: expressed through their descriptive, simplistic and ‘digestible’ style of the English language and their references to significant events in the history of Nottingham including the Nottingham Race Riots of 1958 and 1981, the Miners Strikes of the 1980s, the Nottingham Carnival and the origins of the West Indian social club and meeting point in Nottingham from the mid 1970s, called the African Caribbean National Artistic (ACNA) Centre.
Jamaicans in Nottingham: Narratives and Reflections is written for an audience wanting to hear narratives from pioneers, those wanting to record family memories, the young wishing to learn about the past, seniors hoping to share their stories, historians as well as the general reader interested in oral histories.
“A valuable resource and record of narratives and reflections charting the stories of many Jamaicans who have made a difference, in a way as to value their own experiences, especially in the wake of the paramount importance of adding a dash of tropical flavour to Nottingham as well as helping to shape the rich fabric of its cross-cultural social history. An excellent read!” Pitman Browne, author, poet and historian.
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