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The British Library,

Euston Road

London NW1 2DB

Friday 21st October
7.15 pm - 8.30 pm

The event begins with a theatrical performance from Roberts's 2017 play,

A Scholar and A Stateman.


The performance is a series of selected scenes that presents an overview of Harley's life.


A Q&A and book signing follows the performance.


  • Full Price: £5.00

  • Members: £5.00

  • Under 18: £2.50

  • Other concessions are available.

The Adventures of a Black Edwardian Intellectual - The British Library

Jesus College,
University of Oxford
Thursday, 27th October,
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Lecture Theatre
The Ship Street Centre,
Ship Street
Oxford OX1 3DW

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Society of Authors (online event)

8th November 7.00pm -8.00pm.

SOA Member and K Blundell prize recipient Pamela Roberts, creative producer, historian and author of Black Oxford The Untold Stories of Oxford University's Black Scholars, will discuss themes within her latest book, The Adventures of a Black Edwardian Intellectual. 


This online event will feature a visual presentation and an overview of the story of James Arthur Harley and Pamela Roberts' work as the founder and director of Black Oxford Untold Stories – celebrating Oxford University's black scholars from the 20th century to the present day. Her discovery of Harley's archive and her five-year journey, including the award of the K. Blundell Award for research in Antigua, to bring his story to life.

 What will this session cover? 

Does colourism still exist, and is it relevant in a diverse society?


· Does a rivalry still exist between African Americans & West Indians?


· The invisibility of black women - Black women's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement c1900.


· The outsider within – blacks at elite educational institutions.


· How has society changed from Harley's time to now - racism, housing, cost of living, employment opportunities?


Who is this session for? 


 The event will appeal to audiences interested in biography, Antigua, social, African American, and Black British history. 


Please send us your questions.


If you would like to send questions for Pamela Roberts in advance, email  with 'Black Edwardian' in the subject header.

We will prioritize questions sent in advance and answer as many as possible from the audience on the day.


Please register for the event using this link.

Black History Month: Industry Insider – Books About Dead Black People Don't Sell. The Importance of Telling Black History and Untold Heritage Stories. - The Society of Authors.


Royal Overseas League, London
Wednesday 9th November


  • Book launch/signing

  • Presentation

  • In-conversation

Dr Claire Hynes will be in conversation with Pamela Roberts.

Dr Hynes is a Lecturer in the Literature, Drama and Creative Writing Department at UEA. She writes fiction, non-fiction, memoir and theatre monologues. Her work includes 'In Her Hair', listed for a Bath Short Story Award (2014), and 'How It Feels to Be, Black Me ', published in Lighthouse literary journal (2019).

This event is by invitation only. Please email info@blackoxford if you would like to attend, and your name will be added to the guest list. 

  • Book launch and signing

  • Presentation

  • In -conversation


Professor Patricia Daley will be in conversation with Pamela Roberts.

The event is FREE to attend. Please register at


Patricia Daley is an African-Jamaican feminist and Professor of the Human Geography of Africa at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. She is also the Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor in Geography at Jesus College Oxford. In 2021, she was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and, in 2022, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  Patricia is passionate about equity, diversity, and decolonial praxis in research and the curriculum. 

Further information about the book can be found at


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