The politics of the last year have made enduring racism and xenophobia painfully apparent. What of the social and cultural importance of pluralism in our society? Poet and academic Bashabi Fraser shares the stage with writer and activist Sarah Glynn as the two share distinct and nuanced thoughts on multiculturalism in Britain today.
Bashabi Fraser has published extensively on the literary interactions between Scotland and India and Sarah Glynn has done extensive work on the evolving relationship between progressive left politics and ethnic minorities in the context of the Bengali West End. Each offers hugely valuable insights into the world we experience today.
Sarah Glynn has taught at Edinburgh University and the University of the West of Scotland. She is currently working in Dundee organising the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network, her latest book is Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End: A political history, published by Manchester University Press (2017).
Bashabi Fraser is a poet, translator, critic and editor. She is a transnational writer who has been widely published and anthologised. Her most recent publications include Thali Katori: An Anthology of of Scottish & South Asian Poetry, Scottish Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance, Confluence of Minds: Rabindranath Tagore and Patrick Geddes and a poetry pamphlet Homing Bird.
Each will be offering their own take on political multiculturalism and immigrant communities in Britain.