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This hybrid event will be presented live at the British Library and online via the British Library Player.

Free for RSL Members and Fellows, who can also book one discounted guest ticket (£5 in-person/£3 online). Digital Events Passholders can attend online for free.

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Public tickets can be purchased from the British Library from Monday 27 September. 

Join David Harewood and Gary Younge live on stage at the British Library, as part of their Black History Month 2021 series.

This deeply personal conversation will explore the duality of growing up both Black and British, David’s personal recovery from crisis, and why literature matters so much to them both. Through a discussion of David and Gary’s most treasured texts, this conversation will interrogate the systems and biases that continue to shape our society.

David Harewood MBE was born in Birmingham, England. His parents are originally from Barbados and moved to England in the ’50s and ’60s as part of the Windrush Generation. He is best known as an actor with his roles in Homeland and Supergirl. His critically acclaimed BBC documentary, Psychosis and Me, received a BAFTA nomination for best documentary. He was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to acting.

Gary Younge FAcSS FRSL Hon FBA is an award-winning author, broadcaster and academic. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian, he has now been appointed Professor of Sociology at Manchester University. He is also the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media in America. He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century; Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. He has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.


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