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The Stories We Bring

Featured Speakers

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Matt Colquhoun, Nathalie Olah, Noor Hemani

This event is a part of Radical Book Fair 2023: Revolutionary Feeling series. Click to view more from this festival.

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What do we really see when we look at each other and at ourselves? What narratives and assumed truths do we bring into any meeting with others, about beauty, relationships, agency and the society that shapes us all?

Who better to lead us into a weekend of exploring the personal and political than three generous, bold thinkers and authors whose work untangles what it means to see ourselves? Join Sumaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Matt Colquhoun and Nathalie Olah as they plunge the mirrors we all hold up to each other.

The panel will be chaired by Noor Hemani.

Our Speakers

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a poet and writer whose work confronts assumptions about history, race, violence and knowledge. She is the author of Seeing for Ourselves; and even stranger possibilities; Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia and the poetry collection Postcolonial Banter; a co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University; and a contributor to the anthologies Cut from the Same Cloth? and I Refuse to Condemn. Her writing has also featured in The Guardian and Al Jazeera, and her poetry has been viewed millions of times online. She is a co-founder of the Nejma Collective, a group of Muslims working in solidarity with people in prison. Suhaiymah is based in Leeds and is currently writing for theatre.

Matt Colquhoun is a writer and photographer from Hull, UK. Best known for writing about the work of Mark Fisher, their most recent book, Narcissus in Bloom, was published by Repeater Books in 2023. Currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Newcastle University, they blog at xenogothic.com.

Nathalie Olah is a journalist and cultural critic whose writing is published by the New Statesman, Guardian, TLS, Five Dials, Jacobin and Tribune. She holds a BA in English Literature from Oxford and an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Sussex. In 2015, she moved to the Netherlands to work for a research organisation adjacent to the Dutch government. She credits witnessing the humiliation of the Greek people by EU bureaucrats, along with the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis in Britain, as shaping her politics and the disillusionment with neoliberal economics.

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