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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.

Join us for an informal evening of discussion about diversity within the UK and US film industry and representations of race, feminism and gender in film, plus a viewing of Bidisha's short film. There will be a Q&A, hosted by Annecy Lax, with the opportunity to ask Bidisha about issues across many subjects, for example:

  • media representations and political responses to the issue of refuge, asylum and detention
  • issues around gender and feminism and the current #MeToo movement
  • the rise in populism, nationalism and xenophobia across Europe and in America
  • whether we're going backwards sociologically and politically; and the fear and fatalism around that
  • journalists' role in covering human rights issues, and where journalism shades into activism and advocacy
  • work on trauma and PTSD, both regarding sexual violence and war/exile.

This event is open to all. Tickets are free but spaces are limited in the Special Collections reading room and booking is required. Tea/coffee available.

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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