AN opera singer will be kicking off a series of varied free events at Dudley Library on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month.

Baritone opera singer Byron Jackson will perform live and offer people the chance to put their vocal chords to the test during an opera workshop from 1pm until 2pm.  The event is open to adults and children over the age of 11. 

The following Saturday (October 20) the St James’s Road library will be full of the sounds of the Caribbean with music from Tropikal Visions Steel Band from 2-3pm.

On Wednesday October 24 a trio of poets including former poet Laureate Roy McFarlane will be sharing modern black British poetry from 6pm until 7.30pm. 

To book a place at the events contact Dudley Library on 01384 815560.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for housing, libraries and adult learning, said:  “We are very proud of our history and really appreciate the contributions our local communities make to British society.

“Library events celebrating Black History month have proven to be a real hit with local people, so I urge people to book their places as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”