Join writers Anita Sethi and Musa Okwonga as they introduce their new memoirs, both powerful reflections on identity and society.
Anita Sethi was on a journey through Northern England when she became the victim of a race-hate crime. A crushing sense of claustrophobia made her long for wide open spaces and The Pennines called to Anita with a magnetic force. She felt drawn to further explore the area she regards as her home, to immerse herself deeply in this place. In I Belong Here, Anita’s journey through the natural landscapes of the North is one of reclamation, a way of saying that this is her land too and she belongs in the UK as a brown woman, as much as a white man does. I Belong Here has been longlisted for the Portico Prize 2022.
Musa Okwonga – a young Black man who grew up in a predominantly working-class town – was not your typical Eton College student. The experience moulded him, challenged him… but also made him wonder why a place that was so good for him also seems to contribute to the harm being done to the UK. Woven through Musa’s five years at Eton in the 1990s is a present-day narrative which engages with much wider questions about pressing social and political issues. One of Them is both an intimate account and a timely exploration of race and class in modern Britain.
Chaired by Désirée Reynolds.
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