Parallel State – Setting the tone of the nation state, the civic and the hyperlocal.

Thank you for this invitation to speak at this Parallel State event. In this short address I’d like to share some thoughts relating to three dimensions of the politics of human experience – the nation state, the civic, and the hyperlocal. The Nation State Setting the tone of a Nation State is part of the

Tory policy vacuum

From what I’ve seen, this Tweet screengrab is pretty accurate. Even Boris himself only criticises Corbyn rather than talking about his own policies. Tory policies tend to be centred around self-interest of the wealthy, or those who want to gain wealth irrespective that it will be at the expense of others. That’s not good to


Just trying out these sentences, seeing how it feels saying them out loud…. 1) If only we built up our own spaces, with the same energy that we try to decolonise other people’s. 2) If only we built up places that already belong to us, rather than attempting to decolonise spaces that don’t. 3) With

There to witness.

In Birmingham with family. 4pm-ish. Pouring with rain, I had my hood up and an umbrella. Saw a Black boy running from a police car. They jumped out, caught him, pinned him down and cuffed him. I ran across the road to get closer to them. Told my family to keep on walking, while I

A call for a Black Bristol filmmakers archive – (Introduction to ‘Talking About Trees’)

[This introduction was delivered verbally, not reading from a script. The below speech was written up afterwards from notes and memory, with some additions placed in brackets.] Introduction by Dr Shawn Sobers to the film ‘Talking about Trees’. Afrika Eye Film Festival – 10th November 2019. Watershed, Bristol Welcome to the final film of the

The Little Things

It’s little things like this that you notice. It’s petty, makes you think you’re being paranoid. The only image of a Black person in a BBC quiz is connected with a question about cheating. It chips away at your psyche. It’s these little things you notice. (For further info see ‘WEB Du Bois double consciousness’)

Tribute to Tony Forbes

Today we celebrate the life of Tony Forbes. His 1998 self portrait painting ‘Sold Down The River’ is well known in Bristol, on permanent display in the MShed. A powerful visual critique of how he felt Bristol had not dealt with its history of involvement in Transatlantic Slavery. In 1999 myself and Rob Mitchell interviewed