Leicester lecturer turns spotlight on British country houses Caribbean and East Indian connections

On 22 October, starting at 6.30pm, Dr Corinne Fowler (pictured), Director of the University of Leicester’s Centre for New Writing, will be giving a public lecture at Leicester's Secular Hall on Humberstone Gate about 'Colonial Countryside', an initiative led by the Centre for New Writing that is working with child historians to develop new audiences for cutting-edge research about British country houses’ Caribbean and East Indian connections.

'Colonial Countryside' is a three-year collaborative project that aims to inspire a new generation of young advocates for black British history. The project will encourage schools to engage with country homes with the help of renowned writers and historians. The project will also see Peepal Tree Press commission and publish new writing in this neglected aspect of British history.

Dr Fowler is giving the talk as part of the Leicester Secular Society's programme of events to mark Black History Month.

So far, "Colonial Countryside" has raised £1,919 and needs to raise £3,081 more which will pay for 20 children to visit country houses and related archives, produce a podcast narrated by the children, as well as fund the services of an historian and a writer: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/uniofleicester/colonial-countryside