This event will be postponed to a later date.
Aftermath: Preti Taneja in conversation
Speaker: Preti Taneja
Thursday 24th November at 5pm
Aftermath is a non-fiction lament against the racist harms of the school to prison pipeline, and corresponding white saviour fantasy of education-as-redemption in the UK. The book interrogates the language of terror, trauma and grief; the fictions we believe and the voices we exclude. Following the terror attack at Fishmonger's Hall in November 2019, Taneja contends with the pain of unspeakable loss set against public tragedy, and draws on history, memory, and powerful poetic predecessors to reckon with the systemic nature of atrocity. Blurring genre and form, Aftermath is an attempt to regain trust after violence and to recapture a politics of hope through a determined dream of abolition. It won the Gordon Burn Prize 2022.
Preti Taneja is a writer and activist. Her novel, We That Are Young, won the won the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 for the UK's best debut novel in 2018. She is Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University and Director of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts.
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