Words with… Bidisha

7pm, Wednesday 25 April

Special Collections Reading Room, 1st Floor, Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex

The Lakeside Theatre and the Albert Sloman Library’s third event in the ‘Words with…’ series, exploring the relationship between writing and performance, features Bidisha SK Mamata.

Bidisha is a British writer, film-maker and broadcaster/ presenter for the BBC TV and radio, Channel 4 and Sky. She is chair of judges for the 2018 Forward Prizes for poetry and has just directed her first short film, An Impossible Poison, which premiered at the Breaking Ground festival in Berlin in November 2017. Specialising in international human rights, social justice, gender and the arts, Bidisha offers political analysis and cultural diplomacy tying these interests together. Her most recent book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, is based on her outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres, most recently with young asylum seeker mothers. Her poetry has been published by Wasafiri magazine, Seagull Books, Saqi Books, English PEN and Young MWA magazine. She writes regularly for The Guardian, BBC Arts and The Observer and is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation, looking after the UK’s most prestigious prizes for literature in English and in translation.

This event is open to all – University of Essex students, staff, alumni and general public. Tickets are free but spaces are limited in the Special Collections reading room and booking is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/words-with-bidisha-tickets-43128333005

You can find publications by Bidisha in the Library – type ‘Bidisha’ into the Library webpage search box: http://libwww.essex.ac.uk/

Photo: Bidisha, An Impossible Poison, 2017

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