Conversations at the Chapel – BARONESS DOREEN LAWRENCE

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 27th September 2023, 7.30pm




In conversation with Alastair Laurence.

Baroness Lawrence was born in Jamaica and came to the UK at the age of nine. After leaving school, she married and had three children. Baroness Lawrence was studying as a mature student when her eldest son Stephen was murdered on 22 April 1993. Because of the incompetence and racism evident in the botched investigation by the Metropolitan Police, she was left with no choice “but to challenge the justice system and the police because of their racism against my family.”

Since then, and over thirty years, Baroness Lawrence has continued to work for all those confronted by racial injustice and police corruption. For twenty-two years she was director and president of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Foundation. In September 2013, she became a life peer sitting on the Labour benches in the House of Lords.

She writes: “I continue to provide a ‘legacy of hope’ for young people, in particular boys of colour and disadvantaged communities with educational opportunities, community cohesion, and career advancement.”

Alastair Laurence, who is curating this series, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny. In recent years Alastair has made films about The Battle of the Somme, a history of British Photography and the poets John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and TS Eliot.

  • * All proceeds for this evening will go to the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation which “exists to inspire a more equitable, inclusive society, and to foster opportunities for marginalised young people in the UK.”

Tickets £12 available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. Booking Essential. Online booking fee £1