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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4462/N
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1991-1995
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Salkey's Score | cultural symposium


Administrative/Biographical history:

Salkey's Score was a symposium and celebration around the work of the Jamaican writer, Andrew Salkey. He was a supporter and shareholder in Bogle-L'Ouverture. Born in January 1928, he was approaching his 65th birthday. It took place on 19-20 June 1992, 3 years prior to his death. Initiated by Jessica Huntley a committee comprising of herself, Louis James, John la Rose, Marc Matthews, Mervyn Morris, Jason Salkey, Anne Walmsley and Ronald Warwick was formed. The event was held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Institute and took place at that venue.

The two day symposium was attended by Andrew Salkey, his wife Patricia and his sons Eliot and Jason. It brought together academics, literary critics and writers from the Caribbean, England and America. Conference panels included Ansel Wong, Alva Clarke, John Figueroa, Jeremy Verity, Mervyn Morris, Peter Nazareth, Pedro Perez Sarduy, Anne Walmsley, Louis James, John La Rose, Samuel Selvon and Kamau Braithwaite. A Keynote Address was delivered by Trevor McDonald, the television news presenter. Other participants included Margaret Busby, Merle Collins and Alistair Niven. Salkey's poetry, fiction, children's fiction, anthologies, travelogues and his broadcasting work was showcased.

Tributes were given to Salkey for:
His work in London in the 1960s and 1970s with the Caribbean Artist's Movement;
His journalism on the radio programme 'Caribbean Voices';
Developing the teaching of Caribbean writing in schools;
The importance he gave to the relationship of Africa to personal and communal Caribean identity;
His work in Cuba;
His prolific output of novels, poetry and other writings.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to event 'Salkey's Score', commemorating the life of Andrew Salkey. Includes correspondence and minutes for the setting up of the committee. Biographical information on all participants. Drafts and proof copies for the programmes and letterhead. An original poster of Salkey's poem on the underground, A Song for England and copied pages from the comment book by attendees of the symposium.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

These records are arranged into seven series.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositors.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Their archive collections were the first deposit from the African-Caribbean community to be made to the London Metropolitan Archives, in 2005, with additional deposits since that time.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further information about Andrew Salkey see LMA/4462/C, LMA/4462/E/01 and LMA/4462/Q.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2009 to February 2010

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