Identity Parades

Identity Parades
In her new book Brit(ish), Afua Hirsch describes how it feels to see the conclusions other people make about her identity on the basis of choices she didn’t make. At school, she was the only ‘black’ child. When she moved to Ghana (Hirsch’s mother’s country of origin), people saw her as ‘white’. As a person whose mixed race means she’s never able to feel ‘at home’ anywhere, Hirsch can see more clearly than most that identity is a complex and shapeshifting thing. Hirsch’s series of interviews with writers and creative people explores to what extent we are free to define and express our own identity, and to what extent our identity is forced upon us by the world around us.

Rose McGowan with Afua Hirsch

A Brave Woman

Monday 13 August 15:15 - 16:15

In 2018 the film industry, for so long a haven of misogyny and sexism, has found itself at the heart of a worldwide ‘cataclysmic global reckoning’, in which women everywhere are standing up defiantly against predatory male behaviour. In Brave, the...

Diana Evans & T Geronimo Johnson with Afua Hirsch

Rethinking the Rules

Monday 13 August 17:30 - 18:30

On both sides of the Atlantic, a new generation of novelists is reshaping the conversation around identity. Diana Evans’s Ordinary People is about everyday midlife crises in London families, set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s election. T...

Prayaag Akbar & Karen Lord with Afua Hirsch

Spectacular New Futures

Tuesday 14 August 14:15 - 15:15

Imagining the future is no longer the given right of the ‘pale, male and stale’. Literature and film are bringing a much needed multiplicity of voices into the mainstream. Today, Afua Hirsch examines the societies created in speculative writing with...

Afua Hirsch

Forged Identities

Tuesday 14 August 17:30 - 18:30

If humans are made up of a bundle of connected identities, how many of them do we actually choose? In Brit(ish), Afua Hirsch argues that although some of our identities, such as race and gender, may be given at birth, we can nevertheless insist on...

Miranda Kaufmann with Afua Hirsch

Africans in Tudor England

Wednesday 15 August 16:00 - 17:00

It’s a common misconception that black migration to Britain began with the Windrush in 1948. But as Miranda Kaufmann demonstrates in Black Tudors, many black Africans were warmly accepted into 16th century English society. What’s perhaps most...