Art Against the Grain with Walker Books brings one of the new and rising voices of Black America. Curated by Impact Hub Birmingham member Aliyah Hasinah, this event brings an exciting new voice from across the pond to Birmingham.
Angie Thomas is a powerful emerging voice in Young Adult fiction. She was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson Mississippi, and studied Creative Writing at Belhaven University, where she was one of the only black students – a theme which she visits in The Hate U Give (THUG). A former teen rapper, Angie recently won the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The Hate U Give is Angie’s first novel and is currently at the top of New York Times Books Children’s/Young Adult best seller list. You can find Angie on Twitter @acthomaswrites
Angie will be in conversation with Rakeem Omar of Who Got The Juice? and there will also be performances from Janel Antoneisha who is a musician and spoken word artist Damani Dennisur. The evening will culminate with a panel discussion with Angie and members of UKBLM and black activists on why does Black Lives Matter belong in the UK and what is the relationship between the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and the UK.
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The Hate U Give:
THUG is the story of sixteen-year-old Starr – a girl of two worlds. Every day she walks a fine line between the poor inner-city neighbourhood where she was born and raised, and the wealthy suburbs where she goes to high school. The uneasy balance between the two is shattered when Starr becomes the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a white police officer. Now Starr must fight for justice, using the most powerful weapon she has – her voice. But how she uses it could destroy her two carefully separated lives, her family, and her community. It could also get her killed. Waterstones Birmingham will be on selling copies of THUG and Angie will be doing a book signing at the end of the evening.
You can either attend the whole event or just the panel discussion with Angie and members of UK Black Lives Matter.
If you are a young person, there will be a limited number of scholarship tickets available. If for whatever reason you are not able to purchase a ticket, please drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do! Walker Books have very kindly donated copies of The Hate U Give for all scholarship tickets.
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