gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour bring you I Will Not Be Erased
I Will Not Be Erased features fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays from gal-dem’s talented writers. In this thought-provoking and moving collection of fourteen essays, gal-dem’s writers use raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – to explore growing up. gal-dem have been described by the Guardian as “the agents of change we need”, and these essays essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person.
The collection has a great range of stories and experiences and is a book that many young women of colour can relate to and be inspired by.
Impact Hub Birmingham will be partnering up with Magic Girlz to host an in conversation with 2 of the contributors in I Will Not Be Erased; Grace Holliday and Sami Theminimulle.
Grace has written about “The Uncool Girl’s Manifesto; How To Hang On In There” and how to escape teenage life and finding your own people. Sami has written about “It’s pom-mang-granate” – Be proud of the things that make your story different and immigrant parents.
Tickets are free for members of Impact Hub Birmingham and £5 for non members. You can book your ticket/s here.
If you are a young woman of colour and would like to attend this event and the ticket price is a barrier, we do have a limited number of complimentary tickets available. (Just drop our Head of Programming, Nikki Bi a message).
Foyles Grand Central will be making copies of I Will Not Be Erased available for sale and both Grace and Sami are happy to sign books at the end of the event. Magic Girlz will also have some of their fabulous t-shirts on sale too!
About Samanthi Theminimulle:
Samanthi (aka Sami) Theminimulle was born and raised in South London, and has been an editor at gal-dem. Now Sami mostly writes for herself, reflecting on her experiences of being a British Sri Lankan woman. She is an avid drinker of ginger tea and loves purchasing discounted trainers.
About Grace Holliday:
Grace was raised in South Yorkshire, but after a decade of trying out various cities she finally settled in Leeds, where she is a freelance journalist and journalism lecturer. She has written for the Guardian, Grazia, and Buzzfeed. Grace believes meeting the love of your life as a teenager is totally possible (she did!) and breaking up with them to go to uni and *find yourself* is also cool. You can follow Grace on Twitter here.
About Magic Girlz:
Magic Girlz are 3 sisters from Birmingham, UK, and their mum has always referred to them as her “Magic Girlz”. The sisters developed the idea for an online storefront over the summer holiday of 2018 and they wanted to provide an online space for girlz like themselves
There are so many places they felt under-represented, especially in online boutiques, so they asked their mum if they could launch their own, and she jumped at the chance to help them get started! Magic Girlz may have started out as an online brand but it is so much more than just another online store, they also run workshops, events and Girlz Clubz. You can find out more about the work Magic Girlz do, find about their events and see how they can support you via their website.
Hub Talks is our regular programme of world class writers, thinkers, filmmakers, performers and more.
Over the last 4 years we have been implicitly growing our reputation for convening to hear from deliberate and nuanced writers such as New York Time #1 best selling writer Angie Thomas, Afua Hirsch, Patrick Ness and Patrisse Khan-Cullers, as well as collaborative events with one of the nation’s favourite bakers Nadiya Hussain and The Good Immigrant with Nikesh Shukla and Birmingham Literature Festival, our approach to programming has consistently been about quietly showing a different story.
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