Jacqueline Walker at Campout 2019


JACQUELINE WALKER : TELLING TRUTH - THE HARDER IT IS, THE MORE IT IS NEEDED Thursday August 29th, 2019 at Campfire Convention's Campout 2019, Frome UK

Jacqui Walker arrived in London from Jamaica in 1959 aged five, a child of the Windrush generation. She was taken into Local Authority care in 1965. After gaining her first degree in English, Drama and Education at Goldsmiths College, London University Jacqueline taught in the most deprived, inner city schools before becoming an Adviser Teacher. In 2009 Jacqueline’s first book Pilgrim State (with some small grtant assistance from the Arts Council), was sold at auction and published by Hodder Headline, winning the Association for Social Policy award for ‘Best Publication of 2009’ for its innovative blending of narrative and documentation. She has been a political activist all her life, originally working with the Anti-Apartheid Movement, Commission for Racial Equality and other anti-racist movements and vice Chair of Momentum, the Corbyn supporting activist group. She continues to be creatively and politically active, particularly around issues relating to race. Her one woman show, ‘The Lynching’, written as a response to false allegations of antisemitism, reviewed in the Observer by Alexi Sayle as his 'choice for drama', has toured across the UK, in Europe and the US. A documentary was filmed, acclaimed by Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, based on the making of the play and was released in 2019 and has been viewed by over 70,000. WitchHunt, the recently made film by Edinburgh-based filmmaker Jon Pullman features Jackie as a key subject; combining extensive archive material with authoritative new interviews, featuring experts in media, Jewish, black and Labour history, racism and the politics of the Middle East. Pullman says: “This is the trickiest of subjects.....I’ve set out to explore the connections between the attacks on Labour, the unfolding tragedy of Palestine and the wider struggle against race-based oppression.”

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