Due to speaker availability, this talk has been postponed and will not be going ahead on 19 July. We hope to be able to confirm a new date shortly.
Speakers: Shereen Malherbe, author and Moyra Samuels, Justice4Grenfell
Chair: Hassan Mahamdallie, playwright and author
14 June marked the second anniversary of the Grenfell fire, a tragedy that sent shockwaves through the nation. Two years on, the repercussions are still being felt, with questions about race, class and accountability coming to the fore.
Chaired by arts specialist Hassan Mahamdallie, Reflecting on Grenfell aims to explore some of the issues raised in the wake of the disaster. He is joined by author Shereen Malherbe, whose recently published novel The Tower is loosely based on the tragedy, and activist Moyra Samuels, who continues to campaign for justice on behalf of the Grenfell community.
Together, they will explore topics such as the refugee crisis, rising Islamophobia in the UK, class inequality and responses to Grenfell, all of which Shereen explores through the form of fiction.
The Tower will be available for purchase during the event.
Shereen Malherbe is a British-Palestinian writer whose debut novel, features in the top 20 Best Books by Muslim women. Having gained a BA degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, she now combines her two interests of writing and travel to create novels that straddle both east and eest. Shereen is also a writer and researcher on behalf of Muslimah Media Watch on the representation of Muslim women in media and pop culture. She has spoken about trending topics including Islamophobia on live TV, resulting in her classification in the Media Diversified Experts Directory.
Moyra Samuels @MoyraSamuels
Moyra Samuels is one of the principle activists behind Justice4Grenfell, a community organisation that campaigns to gain accountability and justice for the victims and bereaved relatives of the Grenfell disaster. After growing up in apartheid South Africa, she came to Britain in 1979 and has been active in campaigns for social justice ever since. Moyra is also a key member of the North West London Stand Up to Racism group.
Hassan Mahamdallie @HMahamdallie
Hassan Mahamdallie is a playwright, writer and specialist in diversity and the arts. He has published writings on subjects including the struggles of working class Muslims in Britain, racism and imperialism, how our schools fail black children and the life of radical Victorian artist William Morris. A senior arts policy maker, he authored Arts Council England’s unique approach The Creative Case for Diversity. He was until recently Director of the Muslim Institute, and helps edit its journal Critical Muslim.
Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser firstname.lastname@example.org.
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