Tré Ventour-Griffiths

Research project: Northampton(shire) is the Place for Me: Creative Responses to Provincial England's Caribbean Diaspora, 1948-1985

Abstract

Written published works about post-war Caribbean communities have in large, centred on major cities including London, Birmingham, and Leeds. This research centres on my home, Northamptonshire, in the East Midlands, to decentre popular focuses on cities through the production of creative non-fiction – based on oral history testimonies. Accessible history texts about Caribbean communities in provincial Britain are lacking in the mainstream. Though many Caribbean people moved to British cities from the 1950s, these are not the only places that have a postwar Caribbean history. This thesis positions Northamptonshire as one such site of Caribbean settlement from as early as 1948, including the first generation of British-Caribbean children that followed.

Biography

Tré Ventour-Griffiths is a neurodivergent essayist-poet, public historian, sociologist, and cultural critic, who speaks and writes on subjects broadly contained within Black British history, neurodiversity, intersectionality, cultural criticism, and insurgent politics. Some of his recent work has even discussed subjects like UK Honours and post/colonialism in contemporary filmmaking. Northampton-raised, Tré's doctoral research is about Northants' postwar Caribbean story. Based on 100+ hours of interviews with Northamptonshire people (1948-1985), it aims to show England's Caribbean communities settled and thrived beyond London and other major cities. This aims to decentralise a ‘cityfied Blackness' that for decades (via film, TV, documentary, and popular literature), has been imposed as the total sum of postwar Black Caribbean experiences. Much to the exclusion of those arrivals who settled and raised families in England's towns and the countryside, further to Wales, Scotland, and in Ireland.

Links to work here - https://linktr.ee/treventoured 

Areas of research interest

  • Spoken Word Poetry
  • Autoethnography
  • Black and Mixed Heritage People in Britain
  • UK Period Dramas as Historical Production
  • Jane Austen and Victorian/Regency Whiteness
  • Neurodivergence and Intersectionality
  • Superhero Studies / Superhero Sociology
  • UK Honours, Racialisation, and Digital Media
  • Legacies of Enslavement in Provincial Britain
  • British and American Film Industrial Complex

Qualifications

  • BA Creative Writing - University of Northampton
  • MA Race, Education and Decolonial Thought - Leeds Beckett University

Funding or awards received

  • Kingston BME Studentship

Publications

Selected Publications:

2023 "I Am Kenough": Guy DeBord, Barbie, and The Society of the Spectacle (Medium)

-          Get Out of Midsomer: How the Whiteness of Country Estates Should Go Bump in the Night (Medium)

-          Big Trees/Small Axe: Does the UK Honours System Divide and Rule Black British Culture? (The Commoner)

-          COVID-1984: Wake MBE Up When Black Lives Matter, in: COVID-19 and Racism: Counter-Stories of Colliding Pandemics (Policy Press).

-          Think of the Autistic Black Children, in Part of the Story That Started Before Me: Poems About  Black British History (Penguin Random House).

2022 The House of Black X-Cellence: Public Monumentalism and the Spectacularised Black British Past (Race Reflections).

-          Northampton's Infinite Playlist: Whiteness, the Arts, and the Land of Shoe and Boot in Cahoots (PubPub).

-          Can You Support BLM and the Monarchy? (The Nenequirer).

-          1919, The Year History Forgot: Riot and Interraciality in a Decolonial School Curriculum (Masters Thesis).

2021 Man-Made: For The Victims And Survivors Of Male Violence And The System That Enables It (Ink, Sweat and Tears).

-          Comment: Exploring Northamptonshire's Black debt (NN Journal).

-          No More Black Messiahs: Let Black History Bask in Ordinariness: Thinking About Black Excellence in the Life of Walter Tull. (Leeds).

2020 To Decolonise Creative Writing, You Need to Embrace Its Activist History (WonkHE).

2019 Historical, Not Hysterical: Beyond The Long Song (Medium).

2018 The Amazing Adventures of Walter Tull (The Nenequirer)

2017 The Empire Shuts Its Mouth (The Nenequirer)

Conference papers

Conference Appearances

2022 Out of Many, One People: Mixed-Race, History and the Black Atlantic.

-          Big Trees/Small Acts: How UK Honours System Dictates Black British Storytelling.

2023 "An Intersectionality of Struggles": Black Youth Movements in Northampton, 1977-1985.

-          The House of Black X-Cellence: Monument Culture and the Spectacularised Black British Past.

-          The Metahuman Antithesis: Parables of Neurodivergence in Marvel's X-Men.

-          "By the Order of the Peaky Blinders": Erased White Terror and Black Resistance in UK Period Dramas.

-          Northamptonshire is the Place for Me: Creative Responses to Provincial England's Caribbean Diaspora, 1948-1985.