Guest Selector: Roxane Gay with Jackie Kay

Guest Selector: Roxane Gay with Jackie Kay

‘The desire for authentic representations of girlhood is like searching for water in a desert,’ said Roxane Gay in 2012. Since then, the Nebraska-raised writer has brought issues of gender, race and identity into the American mainstream media. Gay has worked with acclaimed Scottish poet and novelist Jackie Kay to create a series of events featuring writers whose work operates at the intersection of various forms of identity. 


Reni Eddo-Lodge, iO Tillett Wright with Jackie Kay

Let's Talk About Identity, Race and Gender

Saturday 19 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s impassioned blog Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race went viral and the subsequent book is a vital exploration of privilege, class, gender and denial. As she transitions from male to female, Juno...

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Thordis Elva & Courtney Sina Meredith with Jackie Kay

21st Century Women

Saturday 19 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Today, Jackie Kay brings together guests from three remarkably different continents. Argentinian novelist Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s Slum Virgin tells the story of Cleopatra, a transvestite who renounces prostitution after the Virgin Mary appears...

Margo Jefferson with Jackie Kay

Feminism and Civil Rights

Sunday 20 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson is the author of a bold, defiant and astonishingly accomplished memoir, Negroland. Powerfully demonstrating that a ‘post-racial’ America is far from being a reality,...