5 speakers 15 minutes each

Nikesh Shukla

How Racism Has Affected Me

Nikesh Shukla is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Meatspace, and the Costa shortlisted novel, Coconut Unlimited. His short stories have featured in Best British Short Stories 2013, Five Dials, The Moth Magazine, Pen Pusher, The Sunday Times, Book Slam, BBC Radio 4, First City Magazine and Teller Magazine. He has written for the Guardian, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC and he’s been writer in residence for BBC Asian Network and Royal Festival Hall. He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, The Good Immigrant, in which fifteen writers explore what it means to be Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain today.

Nikesh will talk about how isolated incidents of racism have a lasting impact on people’s mental health and as we watch the rise of the far right, we need to be careful to understand their power.