How We Live Next: Social Justice – Johny Pitts
Sunday 14th March 2:00pm
Johny Pitts is the 2020 winner of both the Jhalak Book of the Year Prize and the Bread and Roses Award for his outstanding and genre-defying book Afropean. Columnist Owen Jones, author of Chavs and The Establishment, described it as ‘humane, empathetic, urgent and truly eye-opening’), while Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo called it ‘groundbreaking’.
What happens when your Dad’s an African-American soul star and your Mum’s a music-loving girl from working-class Sheffield? Are your roots on the terraces at a Sheffield United match, or in the stylings of a Spike Lee film? For Johny Pitts, whose parents met in the heyday of Northern Soul, how he navigates his black roots has always been an issue, but this diverse heritage has attuned him to every aspect of Britain’s unequal society.
The talk will be followed by a conversation and Q&A. Questions can be submitted in advance.
Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcast journalist. He has received various awards for his work exploring African-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize, an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award and most recently the Jhalak Prize for his book Afropean (2019). He is the curator of the online journal Afropean.com, part of the Guardian’s Africa Network and was recently named co-presenter, with Elizabeth Day, of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Open Book’ programme.