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The Good Immigrant


Filed under: Non-fiction

What does it mean to be an immigrant in the UK today? Journalist and BBC presenter Razia Iqbal chairs a discussion on immigration, race, identity and writing.

What does it mean to be an immigrant in the UK today? Journalist and BBC presenter Razia Iqbal chairs a discussion on immigration, race, identity and writing. Vahni Capildeo’s latest poetry collection, Measures of Expatriation, speaks of ‘the complex alienation of the expatriate’, and addresses wider issues around identity in contemporary Western society. Writer and academic Eva Hoffman’s publications include Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language and After Such Knowledge: Memory, History and the Legacy of the Holocaust. Mike Phillips is the author of Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain and London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain, and writer Nikesh Shukla recently compiled a crowd-funded book of essays, The Good Immigrant, in which 21 Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers explore what it means for our identity if we are immigrants or children of immigrants.

Please note that this recording contains strong language.

Recorded on: November 22, 2016
Recorded at: The British Library