MP accuses BAME book prize of discrimination

by Sunny Singh Equalities and Human Rights Commission demands justification from Jhalak Prize, following complaint from Philip Davies MP March 17, 2017: The date that the very first Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour was awarded. It was an evening that all of us involved with the prize had… Read More

Music in education: a living relic of Western Europe’s colonial mentality

by Nathan Holder Since music entered the National Curriculum in 1988, the UK’s approach to musical education has been grounded in Western Classical traditions. From Palestrina to Schoenberg, Baroque to 20th Century Experimentalism, students are routinely taught the fundamentals of the art largely by studying ‘The Great Composers’, by learning the conventions of western classical… Read More

Denial, shame and the Armenian Genocide

by Robert Kazandjian The identity I was constructing for myself collapsed around my L.A-Gear-clad feet when I was six or seven. My friend Kirilos arrived from Sudan, and joined our school. The teacher, encouraged by my proud declarations of Egyptian heritage, told me to speak ‘your language’ with him. ‘Parev, inch’pes es?’ (Hello, how are… Read More

General Election: Seven weeks to save Britain

By Maurice Mcleod  So Theresa May has done it. After saying the country needed stability and that she would let Parliament run its course, she’s had her head turned by positive opinion polls and she’s going for a land-grab general election on 8 June. With all theatre she is becoming known for, she announced on the… Read More

Theresa May’s real Easter message: colonial nostalgia and hypocrisy

  By Ali Meghji  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ. But Theresa May’s Easter message displayed another type of resurrection, that of a nationalism which reeks of Empire, colonialism, and religious superiority. The Prime Minister spoke of the role that Christian values have to play in British society. Yet, Christian values, just like any other… Read More

Faith and Fundamentalism: creating art from uncertainty

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam  Two weeks ago I met an artist who hadn’t produced any work since Trump’s election in November. She was in shock, felt helpless and bereft. ‘I just want things to go back to normal,’ she said, ‘and then I can make art again.’ By ‘normal,’ I suspect she meant a return to… Read More

What’s the point of a literature festival? | Bare Lit 2017

by Henna Zamurd-Butt  Literature festivals don’t have a point, right? Or at least not one that can get into the writing and move it around. The text is fixed on paper and pixel by the time we get to discussing it. Perhaps for the literary establishment the text is fixed, but here where Bare Lit… Read More

No country for women, on death row for self-defence in the UAE

by Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya  Jennifer Dalquez, a domestic migrant worker from the Philippines, claims that she accidentally killed her employer in the UAE whilst trying to resist a sexual attack, but she is still due to be executed for the murder The campaign against the execution of Jennifer Dalquez, a young Filipina domestic worker facing the death penalty… Read More

Darcus Howe: His wordplay was swordplay

This weekend we lost journalist, activist and thinker Darcus Howe. In Darcus’ long career, he meant many different things to many different people. To pay homage to an undeniable trailblazer in the fight against racism and colonialism, here are seven different views on the man. Kiri Kankhwende It’s hard to sum up Howe’s immense contribution… Read More

How to be Desi in 2017: Riz MC and Heems are forging a new cultural reflection of South Asians in diaspora

by Iman Sultan  I don’t normally get moved by music videos, but Swet Shop Boys’ internet-released video, “Aaja”, a track off their Cashmere album, released late last year, felt like salvation A tribute to Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered last summer, and whose very death made her an icon, the video… Read More