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Madge Dresser

M. DresserSchool of History, University of the West of England, Bristol. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, one of the Joint General Editors of the Bristol Record Society, Co-Director of UWE's  Regional History Centre.1997-2004. She has served since 1999 as historical consultant to the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery on a number of projects, including the Museum's exhibition on Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Her publications include: The Diary of Sarah Fox, 2003 and Slavery Obscured: The Social History of the Slave Trade in an English Provincial Port c. 1698-c.1833, 2001.

Professor Dresser will be speaking on Slavery and Public Monuments in London.


Caryl Phillips

C. PhillipsProfessor of English at Yale University. He was born in St. Kitts, brought up in Leeds, and he now lives in New York City. He is the editor of two anthologies, has written for television, radio, theatre and cinema and he is the author of three works of non-fiction and eight novels. Crossing The River was shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. After being named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 1992, Caryl Phillips was on the 1993 Granta list of Best of Young British Writers. His novel A Distant Shore won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize.

His new book, Foreigners, will be published in September 2007 in Britain and the United States. Phillips will be reading from the Francis Barber section of his new novel.

Last Updated: 12/23/08