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This event has moved from Athenaeum 2 Upstairs to the Athenaeum Theatre.
Award-winning hip-hop artist, social entrepreneur and writer Akala joins host Andy Butler in conversation about his bestselling debut, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, a searing, modern polemic on race and class in the British Empire.
He reflects on growing up poor, mixed race and politicised in Britain during the eighties and nineties and widens his experiences into a nuanced historical treatise that the Guardian has lauded as ‘the kind of disruptive, aggressive intellect that a new generation is closely watching.'
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Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO Award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. He is also known for his compelling lectures and journalism – he has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the Independent, and spoken for the Oxford Union and TEDx. His Sunday Times bestseller Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire is a searing polemic, covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, speaking directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.
Andy Butler is a writer, curator and artist. His writing on art and politics has been published widely, including in the Monthly, the Saturday Paper, Art + Australia, Overland and Runway, and in publications for major art institutions. He has curated exhibitions and exhibited his own work at artist run and public galleries, read or performed at national and international writers' festivals, and undertaken writing and artist residencies in Australia and overseas. His practice interrogates how dynamics of race and power shape cultural production. He sits on the board of SEVENTH Gallery and is a co-director of Mailbox Art Space.
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