We’re proud to be supporting artist, writer and social entrepreneur Akala at Sydney Writers Festival, from 29 April—05 May 2019.
Thursday 2 May, 11:30 AM
Inequality has been called the great political and moral issue of our time. Economic disparity, the country-city divide, and generational social and racial inequalities are fueling discontent and reshaping politics at home and abroad. Join Akala (Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire), Gabrielle Chan (Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up), Beth Macy (Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America) and Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt), as they consider our fragmented age and the way forward with George Megalogenis.
Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO Award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. He is also known for his compelling lectures and journalism - he has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post and The Independent, and spoken for the Oxford Union and TEDx. His Sunday Times bestseller Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire is a searing polemic, covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, speaking directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.