2024 Festival Event

Tomiwa Owolade
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Tomiwa Owolade – ‘This is Not America’

Tomiwa Owolade argues that our ideas about identity, immigration and colonial history have been absorbed from America. Talking with FT columnist Jemima Kelly, Tomiwa explains how following America’s lead will not help us to understand race in Britain. There are crucial differences in language, history, class, religion and national origin which change how we should think about race. Chosen by The Times and The Spectator as a ‘Book of the Year’, This is Not America shows how racial injustice is one of the most divisive issues of our age, but we’ve been trapped in the wrong discussion.

Tomiwa Owolade - This is Not America

Jemima Kelly is a columnist with the ‘Financial Times’, reporting on a range of subjects – from culture wars to crypto.

Jemima Kelly
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2024 Festival Schedule

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4.30pm

6pm

8pm

12n

2pm

4pm

6pm

8pm

10am

12n

2pm

4pm

6pm

8pm

A printed version of this schedule can be found on the back of the programme booklet available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.