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With the support of Heritage Lottery and Beckford Tower Trust, we are now beginning the first phase of an R&D project which links the story of Tacky's Rebellion with the history of Beckford Tower, Bath.


The R&D will involve young people in Bath and Bristol and a wider public online. Alongside community performances, a workshop programme, delivered by the author and a team of artists, will give young people an experience of creative writing, dance and music whilst increasing their awareness of the historical and cultural context.

“Cane Warriors is one of the most important narratives I have ever written because it focuses on a part of world history that has been ignored and understated. It's time that Tacky and his fellow Cane Warriors are remembered..." Alex Wheatle, MBE

‘Cane Warriors’ is based on the true story of Tacky's Rebellion, an uprising of Akan slaves that occurred in Jamaica in 1760. It was the most significant slave rebellion in the Caribbean after the 1733 slave insurrection on St. John and before the 1791 Haitian Revolution.

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