Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging
Chair: Helena Kennedy
In partnership with World Jewish Relief
You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you are from? In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are convinced that fairness is one of our values, but that immigration is one of our problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.
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Afua Hirsch is a writer and broadcaster, of Ghanaian, British and Jewish descent. She has worked as a barrister, as the West Africa correspondent for the Guardian, and as social affairs editor for Sky News. Brit(ish) is her first book and was awarded a RSL Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction.
Helena Kennedy is one of Britain's leading lawyers and a member of the House of Lords. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She is the author of Just Law, The Changing Face of Justice and Why it Matters.