Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Paperback Published on: 20/06/2019
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Winner of the Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award 2020

Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2020

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2019

Shortlisted for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020

Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

Longlisted for the The Jhalak Prize 2020

Jay Bernard's extraordinary debut is a fearlessly original exploration of the black British archive: an enquiry into the New Cross Fire of 1981, a house fire at a birthday party in south London in which thirteen young black people were killed.

Dubbed the 'New Cross Massacre', the fire was initially believed to be a racist attack, and the indifference with which the tragedy was met by the state triggered a new era of race relations in Britain.

Tracing a line from New Cross to the 'towers of blood' of the Grenfell fire, this urgent collection speaks with, in and of the voices of the past, brought back by the incantation of dancehall rhythms and the music of Jamaican patois, to form a living presence in the absence of justice.

A ground-breaking work of excavation, memory and activism - both political and personal, witness and documentary - Surge shines a much-needed light on an unacknowledged chapter in British history, one that powerfully resonates in our present moment.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784742614
  • Number of pages: 80
  • Weight: 100g
  • Dimensions: 212 x 132 x 10 mm

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