This Saturday (29 September) Hackney Council have organised a special day of cricket-inspired events both inside and outside Dalston CLR James Library, as part of Black History Month 2012.
For CLR James, whom Dalston's new library is named after, cricket was not just an entertainment and relic of empire, but also a means of struggle for independence and national pride for the West Indies. His book 'Beyond a Boundary' is recognised as one of the best books ever written on cricket. As a celebration of CLR James' legacy, Dalston Square is temporarily being transformed into a cricket haven by day - with trained coaches from the ECB's Cricket Factory Roadshow - and a cinema by night - with a free screening of Fire in Babylon.
Also this Saturday, the library will host the launch of a special exhibition about the involvement of black people in cricket in Hackney and beyond. The exhibition focuses on the experiences of nine local cricketers and presents their reflections upon the game both in Hackney and in the West Indies.
Timetable of events
1. ECB Cricket Factory Roadshow (from 12 noon to 5pm)
SNCC's young cricketers have been invited to hone their skills with trained ECB coaches at the ECB Cricket Factory Roadshow. Ages five and over, tho' under 12s will need to be accompanied by an adult.
More about the Cricket Factory Roadshow can be found on their website.
2. Beyond a Boundary Exhibition - Launch Celebration (2pm)
The launch will take place in the foyer of the Dalston CLR James Library. The exhibition will continue during normal library opening hours until 30 October 2012.
3. Outdoor screening of Fire in Babylon (8pm to 9pm)
A free outdoor screening of the documentary film about the world-beating, highly successful West Indies Cricket team of the 70s and 80s. The film looks at the politics of race and sport and shows how the West Indies Cricket team answered injustice and racism by excelling on the field. Adults only and booking required: Call Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509.