The First Stuart Hall Public Conversation

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Join the first Stuart Hall Public Conversation, on the anniversary of Stuart Hall's birthday, at Conway Hall in London. The event will bring together writers, performers and artists for an afternoon of stimulating talks, readings and performances focusing on the profound political and economic changes taking place in different parts of the globe and the forms of popular resistance to those changes.

The afternoon will start with award-winning poet Mona Arshi reading new and recent poems including from her moving and intimate poetry collection Small Hands. Keynote speeches will be given by playwright and commentator David Edgar, essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra and will be followed by an open discussion, chaired by Gilane Tawadros, the Vice-Chair of Stuart Hall Foundation.

Following the discussion, the movement artist and choreographer Lanre Malaolu will perform his powerful piece Elephant in the Room which explores the complexities of mental health. Elephant in the Room follows a day in the life of a young man and his constant internal and external battle to be “Normal”. Using blends of physical theatre, hip hop dance and spoken word, the piece challenges the conventional ideas embedded in our society around mental illness.



14:00 Reading by poet Mona Arshi

14:20 Keynote speeches - David Edgar and Pankaj Mishra

15:00 Open discussion – Mona Arshi, David Edgar and Pankaj Mishra, chaired by Gilane Tawadros

16:00 Break

16:30 Lanre Malaolu’s performance Elephant in the Room



£15 full price

£10 students

The First Stuart Hall Public Conversation is organised in partnership with Conway Hall Ethical Society

For more information and to book your place, please click here


Humanities & Identities
Stuart Hall

Audience: Open to all