Why race matters


Filed under: Non-fiction

Reni Eddo-Lodge, Bernardine Evaristo and Heidi Safia Mirza discuss how the intersection of race, feminism and class evolved since the 1980s?

How has the intersection of race, feminism and class evolved since the 1980s? Reni Eddo-Lodge is a young, black, feminist journalist who burst on to the literary scene with her 2014 blog post ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race’, which went viral. Her first book – of the same title – was lauded as ‘one of the most important books of 2017’. Both personal and political, it shines a torch on to the many manifestations of racism in Britain, which she describes as a country ‘still profoundly uncomfortable with race and difference’. Heidi Safia Mirza is Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths. She is the author of many trailblazing, best-selling books including Race, Gender and Educational Desire: Why Black Women Succeed and Fail (2008). Their conversation is chaired by award-winning novelist and critic Bernardine Evaristo, whose books of fiction and verse fiction explore the African diaspora from multiple perspectives. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University, London, and a Vice Chair of the RSL.

Recorded on: October 9, 2017
Recorded at: British Library Knowledge Centre