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Consented’s 2nd magazine launch: Where do we belong?
Fri 7 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Following on from the success of January first magazine launch, which more than 250 people attended, consented.co.uk brings you its next issue on belonging.
In this issue you won’t just find personal stories of those we don’t fit in, although such efforts do have their place, you’ll be exposed to critiques of many of our “common sense” ideas surrounding immigration, nationality and race.
We hope to challenge you, make you uncomfortable, and even force you to question some of the things you have perhaps long taken for granted.
The idea of belonging (and who has the right to belong) forms the foundations of policies which have seen tens of thousands of students wrongly kicked out of the UK by then Home Secretary Theresa May; it permits Fortress Europe to make back room deals with the likes of Turkey, Morocco and Libya, all the while thousands drown trying to cross the Mediterranean; and it emboldens those surrounding the US President to talk about white nativist rights with a straight face.
If we believe the world can be changed for the better, then we need to move beyond simply bemoaning the current state of affairs and start putting forward ideas and building an alternative, otherwise the rise of far right extremism, xenophobic political parties and the creeping shadow of fascism will simply continue.
We’re not brash enough to suggest this magazine alone will do all that, but we do believe putting it together and getting it into your hands is important and potentially the spark for much, much more.
The magazine’s cover price is £7.50 so for just fifty pence more we have organized a panel with some great guests followed by a lengthy Q & A session in which will attempt to further tackle some of these themes.
*All tickets include a copy of the print magazine*
Ash Sakar – senior editor at Novara Media
JJ Bola – spoken word poet and author of upcoming novel No Place To Call Home
Siana Bangura – spoken word poet, author of Elephant and founder of No Fly on The Wall
Mike Pope – Co-editor of consented.co.uk
P.S. We don’t claim to be lifting anyone out of poverty with the money currently on offer, but with your support we are able to pay everyone who helps put the magazine together, be it the illustrators, writers or designers (even ourselves), and in a monied world where jobs are increasingly precarious and even unpaid, that means a lot.