Exploring mixed race experiences
On Wednesday 8th May Free Word hosts, Tired of Being Black? Try Being Irish, an evening of readings and debate exploring how writers can both challenge and embrace assumptions about race in what the organisers have termed a ‘colour-blind, post-racial’ world. The evening features readings from authors Gabriel Gbadamosi who is mixed race (Irish/Nigerian) and Colin Grant who is of Jamaican heritage.
“Blackness is both defining and limiting for writers, who have to juggle their creative instincts with the sometimes prejudicial requirements of publishing houses and literary programmers.
Gabriel Gbadamosi’s novel Vauxhall and Colin Grant’s memoir Bageye at the Wheelboth feature child narrators who act as go-betweens between black and white worlds. In a night mixing readings with lively debate, they’ll ask how writers can both challenge and embrace assumptions about blackness, and explore what, in a colour-blind, post-racial world, authors focused on identity and colour will have to write about.
Join Colin and Gabriel as they discuss how they bring humour, romance, Irishness, boxing skills, drug running and money-making into their work in a bid to embrace the ‘angry black man’ stereotype with love.”
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