A new season of Windrush Stories returns to honour the legacy of Windrush in Hackney. Marking the run up to National Windrush Day on 22 June 2022 and the unveiling of a new sculpture by artist Thomas J Price in Hackney Town Hall Square to celebrate the Windrush generations. More info here.
Cleveland Watkiss MBE
Cleveland Watkiss MBE was born in Clapton, 1959 to Jamaican parents. He is an award-winning vocalist, composer, actor, and voice professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, who co-founded the Jazz Warriors, and hosted the seminal Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at Blue Note, Hoxton Square.
Mr Gee is a poet and veteran of the UK spoken word scene. He's a writer, broadcaster, actor, and advisor; Gee has also worked extensively within the Criminal Justice System and is a Shoreditch local, currently leading Rich Mix’s New Creatives project. His mother moved to London from Guyana in the 1960s.
A life-long Hackney resident of St Lucian and Jamaican descent, Michelle Dornelly is a community organiser who founded the Children With Voices charity and numerous Community Food Hubs across the borough to provide vulnerable people with food packages, seasonal gifts, and general support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Michael McMillan
playwright, mixed-media artist, curator, and educator, arguably best known for his installation, The West Indian Front Room now housed at Hoxton’s Museum of the Home.
Dr McMillan has had many works produced by the Royal Court Theatre, Channel 4, and BBC Radio 4. His parents came to the UK from St Vincent & the Grenadines in 1959.
Windrush Stories: Hackney Edition was produced by DJ Flight for Prison Radio Association. It’s part of the Hackney Windrush Public Programme, curated by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council and supported by Freelands Foundation. Visit the resources section on this website to download documents for schools at key-stage 1-3.
The Hackney Windrush programme is curated by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council, supported by Freelands Foundation.