Windrush Day the Caribbean and the UK


Bruce Reynolds speaks with journalist and writer David Matthews, author of the book Voices of the Windrush Generation. The Windrush generation are those who moved from the West Indians and emigrated to Britain between 1948 and 1971 to help the country rebuild and recover after the Second World War. Thousands of buildings and houses had been bombed and destroyed. The British Government called on various colonies to help. 

Windrush Day was created to recognise and honor those who came to the UK during this period. 

David shares his insights and what he discovered while writing his powerful book, which has an insightful collection of stories from the men, women, and children of the Windrush generation - West Indians who emigrated to Britain between 1948 and 1971. 

David paints a vivid portrait of what it meant for those who left the Caribbean for Britain during the early days of mass migration. Through his own and many other stories, Matthews explores: why and how so many people came to Britain after World War II, their hopes and dreams, the communities they formed, and the difficulties they faced being separated from family and friends while integrating into an often hostile society in response to labour shortages, and in search of a better life.

David is a writer and journalist. He has written for various newspapers and publications, including the Observer, Sunday Times, GQ, and Esquire. In the UK, he has reported for the BBC and Channel 4. His first book, Looking for a Fight, was shortlisted for the 2001 William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize.

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