Stepping Into Our Own
Saturday 6 July, 14:45 – 16:00
British Library Knowledge Centre, Main Auditorium
With Koleka Putuma, Okechukwu Nzelu, Olumide Popoola, Chelle O.T. & Siana Bangura.
What does it mean to be true to self? Centring queer writers’ experiences, this discussion looks at how writers capture the grief and joy in choosing oneself, what is lost and gained through the process, and works they’ve read to inspire and encourage them to do so. Featuring Koleka Putuma (poet, playwright and author of Collective Amnesia), Okechukwu Nzelu (author of forthcoming The Private Joys of Nnena Maloney) , Olumide Popoola (author of When We Speak Of Nothing and creator of scheme ‘The Future is Back’ for emerging LGBTQ+ writers), Chelle O.T (poet, songwriter, actor and 1/3 of SISTREN podcast) and chaired by Siana Bangura (poet and author of Elephant).
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Image: Koleka Putuma by Andy Mkosi, Chelle O.T. by Almass Badat, Siana Bangura by Susuana Amoah, Okechukwu Nzelu by Martin Glackin and Olumide Popoola by Naomi Woddis.