June 14, 2023

Join for the launch of Chris Searle's 'The World is in Our Words' which chronicles Searle’s teaching, writing and anti-racist mobilising experiences in teaching for decades in East London and beyond.

Chris Searle in Conversation: ‘The World is in Our Words’

Dates June 14, 2023 - June 14, 2023

Times 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Price Free but Ticketed. Booking is Essential.

Location Oxford House Cafe

Activist, writer and teacher Chris Searle will be discussing his new memoir The World is in Our Words. Chris was the teacher at the centre of the Stepney School Strike of 1971, when after publishing the work of his school students, he was sacked, leading to a strike by his pupils.

His new book chronicles his teaching, writing and anti-racist mobilising experiences across the decades in East London and beyond. The discussion will be led by oral historian and broadcaster Alan Dein.

Alongside showing a short film marking the Stepney School Strike, Chris will be discussing his long career teaching in East London, Sheffield, Canada and Manchester, in particular his five years as a headteacher at Earl Marshal Comprehensive School, Sheffield, where he and the school governors established England’s first non-permanent exclusion policy.

Chris Searle has taught in Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, East London, Mozambique, Grenada, Sheffield and Manchester. He has also written or edited over fifty books on education, language, literature, cricket, tabloid journalism and jazz.  His book The Forsaken Lover won the Martin Luther King Award and he has worked closely with the Institute of Race Relations, writing for its international journal Race and Class since 1980.

This event is free but ticketed.

Entry from 6pm

The World is in Our Words, London launch with Chris Searle