Words Weekend 2019
David Olusoga and Dan Jackson: A City Through Time
Join British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and Words Weekend ambassador David Olusoga as he gives the opening keynote of the weekend. David then talks to author Dan Jackson about the deep roots of Northumbrian culture – a region that has made incredible contributions to British and global history, and that finds itself caught between an indifferent south and an increasingly confident Scotland. Hear David and Dan as they delve into the rich history of the North East, the very site Sage Gateshead sits on, and tell us why they’re so excited about the future of the region. The event will be followed by a Q+A.
David Olusoga’s most recent TV series include Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). David is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize.
Dan Jackson is a founding member of the Northumbria WW1 Commemoration Project, which received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Author of Popular Opposition to Irish Home Rule in Edwardian Britain, he has written for the New Statesman and appeared on the BBC’s Making History and Who Do You Think You Are?
Start time: 11am
Venue: Sage Two
As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.
Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.
We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members, some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces. Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]