Breaking Ground at Seton Hall, New Jersey – Thursday 28 April 2016

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Breaking Ground at Seton Hall University

We are delighted to announce that our Breaking Ground: Black British Writers US Tour is returning for it’s second part in April 2016. The first installment in November 2015 saw writers take part in events in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and South Carolina.

Breaking Ground 2016 will begin with an event at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, where award-winning writers Bernardine Evaristo and Colin Grant will be representing the tour, discussing Black British writing and introducing their own work to the New Jersey audience in this public event hosted by Professor Maxim Matusevich.

Read Bernardine and Colin’s accounts of their experience of the first part of Breaking Ground last here, click on the links below:

Bernardine Evaristo’s blog >>

Colin Grant’s blog: Carry Go; Bring Fetch >>

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Event details:

  • 6-8pm Thursday 28 April 2016
  • Arts and Sciences Hall room 107, Seton Hall University, 400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079, United States
  • Tickets: Free, and open to the public
  • Contact: Maxim Matusevich; 001-973-761-9386;


Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning British-Nigerian author of seven books including her latest novel, Mr Loverman (2013), about a septuagenarian Caribbean London man who is closet homosexual. Her writing is characterised by experimentation and subverting the myths of various Afro-diasporic and British histories and identities. Her writing also spans verse fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism for the Guardian and Independent, and verse drama for theatre and BBC radio… Find out more about Bernardine here >>

Colin Grant is a historian, producer for BBC radio and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Caribbean Studies. His books include: Negro with a Hat, a biography of Marcus Garvey; I&I, The Natural Mystics, a group biography of the original Wailers; and Bageye at the Wheel, his memoir of a 1970s suburban childhood in Luton published in 2012, which was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize… Find out more about Colin here >>

Breaking Ground is an ambitious tour of the USA conceived, curated and organised by Speaking Volumes. Focused around the major talent of the UK’s Black British writers, it is an opportunity for some of Britain’s most exciting literary talents to reach the established US book markets and readers… find out more about Breaking Ground here >>

This event is made possible by the support of Seton Hall University: through a generous grant by the Dean of the College of Arts and Science. The Department of History (a Seton Hall University Center of Excellence), the Department of English, Africana Studies Program, and the Women and Gender Studies Program provided additional support.

See the event details on Seton Hall’s website >>