Hi, my name is Paul Crooks and I am a speaker for schools KS3 History and school enrichment programmes. I spent many years using public records to search for my roots.
My love of history was inspired by unprecedented success tracing my African ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica. It strengthened my knowledge of Black peoples of the Americas, Britain’s transatlantic slave trade and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. I speak because I’m passionate about inspiring pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
I wrote my historical novel Ancestors to bring to light the hidden tale of Jamaican rebels who forced the British Government to reset the timetable for bringing slavery to an end.
I wrote A Tree Without Roots as a guide for Brits interested in discovering ancestral links with the Caribbean.