2023 Festival Event

Trevor Phillips

Trevor Phillips in conversation with Stephen Bush

Sir Trevor Phillips re-visits the stories of the Windrush generations, seventy five years after the arrival of the first group of Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948.  He explores both the adventurous spirit of those early passengers and the lives of their young descendants and how they perceive their cultural belonging today.  Sir Trevor, together with his brother Mike Phillips, originally interviewed many of the Windrush families in 1998 to tell the story of the late twentieth century through the eyes of the outsiders who became insiders.  Continuing these conversations,  Sir Trevor considers the ongoing impact of Windrush, and evolving perspectives of race and identity for black Britons.

Sir Trevor Phillips is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and former MP.  He has been involved with some of the most talked about TV documentaries, including Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? (2017).  He writes for a wide range of national newspapers in addition to his work on TV and radio.

Trevor Phillips - Windrush

Stephen Bush is an associate editor and columnist at the Financial Times, and writes the daily newsletter Inside Politics.  He has also written for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, i and the New Stateman.

Stephen Bush

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