“That inward eye” An illustrated talk by Tim Robertson, CEO

“That inward eye”: Anti-racist power inside us all

Looking into ourselves might seem self-indulgent, but – especially when inspired by nature – can our deepest hopes and memories connect us across differences of history and culture? Can they help build a more equal world?

These are questions that Tim Robertson will explore in an interactive slide-show and talk, using a personal choice of images and words from four remarkable writers.

Writing her diary while hiding from the Nazis, Anne Frank (1929-1945) looked out on a chestnut tree and expressed an inner happiness that has carried her experience to the hearts of a global audience. Frank was following a tradition of nature writing established by the English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850), whose famous daffodils poem opens up an “inward eye” of empathy with people in slavery. Like Anne Frank, the enslaved African author Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) used his creativity to long for a world free from brutality. And, in our own time, the British-Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson creates inside himself “a portable paradise” to which he can turn for sanctuary from racism and for fresh hope.

Each example will be read by a young anti-prejudice ambassador from one of the Anne Frank Trust’s partner schools.

We hope you can join us for an engaging, educational and inspiring evening.

Please RSVP: chantelle@annefrank.org.uk

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