Chris Searle

Chris Searle was born in Romford in 1944. He has written or edited over fifty books on various subjects including poetry, education and race. The Foresaken Lover: White Words and Black People won the Martin Luther King Prize. He has been associated with the Institute of Race Relations since the 1970s and writes a weekly column on jazz for the Morning Star. In May 2017, Mr Searle published his autobiography Isaac and I: A Life in Poetry.

  • Listen: Chris Searle talking the formation of Basement Writers and about Bangladeshi students and resistance to racism.
  • Listen: Chris Searle talking about using poetry as a way to promote empathy among white students and reciting 'A Pakistani Man thinking about flood'. A poem written in 1970 by Peter Kett, age 13 - who imagines himself as a Bengali man lamenting over the pain of separation, being an immigrant and the tragedies in East Pakistan. 
  • Listen: Chris Searle reciting 'The Cells'. A poem written in 1970, by 14 year old Imtiaz Malek. Imtiaz was one of the few second generation South Asian students at Sir John Cass in 1970. A full page was dedicated to his poetry in Stepney Words II, which was published in 1973. He is currently based in Canada, working as an engineer.