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Mediating the Windrush Children

Caryl Phillips and Horace Ové

Josiane Ranguin

Mediating the Windrush Generation analyses three plays by St. Kitts-born British playwright Caryl Phillips and a film by Trinidadian-British filmmaker Horace Ové as artistic depictions of the experience of the Windrush generation, a term which refers to the Anglo-Caribbean immigrants recruited to help rebuild Britain in the aftermath of World War II. The book understands these works as vibrant calls to resist visuality as an authoritative medium, and as tools of resilience. The book’s discussion is timely, given the London revival of Phillips’ Strange Fruit at the Bush Theatre and the mounting of an exhibition celebrating the works of Ové at the Somerset House, both in the summer of 2019. Both events reflect on the 2018 Windrush scandal that saw members of the Windrush generation denied their rights as British citizens. Mediating the Windrush Generation should appeal to students engaged in drama studies, film studies and English and postcolonial literature, as well as members of the general public interested in artistic works focusing on the Windrush generation.