30.11.2020:Small Axe, Behind The Stories – Red White and Blue (online)
Monday, November 30, 2020
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Join award-winning journalist Nadine Drummond as she speaks with Leroy Logan MBE whose life is depicted by John Boyega in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe as well as Red White and Blue screenwriter, Courttia Newland. We’ll be discussing the process of developing Red White and Blue and Leroy Logan’s life.
Dr Leroy Logan MBE
Described by The Voice newspaper as one of the “black officers who helped change the Met”, Dr. Leroy Logan MBE is a former superintendent in the Metropolitan police. He retired in 2013 after 30 years’ service. He is also a former chair and founding member of the Black Police Association.
Leroy is one of the UK’s most highly decorated and well known black police officers. A highly respected and well regarded commentator on policing in black communities, he believes that there is still much work to do in creating a more equitable and fair criminal justice system.
Newland is an accomplished novelist, playwright and screen writer. He’s known for his first novel, The Scholar and further novels followed, including Society Within and Snakeskin.
Newland wrote his first play, Estates of Mind, in 1998. His second play, an adaptation of Euripides’ The Women of Troy, was a success at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival. His third play was The Far Side (2000).
In 2000 he co-edited the anthology IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and his short stories have featured in many other anthologies, including The Time Out Book of London Short Stories: Vol 2, England Calling:24 Stories for the 21st Century and Disco 2000. He co-edited The Global Village (2009) with Monique Roffey.
He was shortlisted for the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library Award, the 2010 Alfred Fagon Award and longlisted for the 2011 Frank O’ Conner Award.