Malik Al Nasir

Talk with Malik Al Nasir ‘Letters to Gil’

4:00pm - 5:30pm / Saturday 8th October 2022 / Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Social Event / Category: Public / Series: Liverpool Literary Festival 2022
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Malik Al Nasir is not a typical Liverpool author. After nine years in Local Authority care, he emerged traumatised, homeless, destitute, and semi-literate, having spent most of his childhood outside of formal education. A chance encounter with poet and activist Gil Scott-Heron in 1984, was to prove life changing. Using poetry, Gil mentored Malik for 27 years, watching him evolve and graduate from all three of Liverpool’s universities, before Gil’s passing in 2011. ‘Letters to Gil’ is Malik’s incredible memoir of this. What started with him sneaking backstage at the Royal Court Theatre, led him to where he is today, reading for a PhD at University of Cambridge, where in 2022, he was awarded the prestigious ‘Sydney Smith Memorial Prize’ for ‘outstanding achievement and contribution to the artistic and literary life of St Catharine’s College’. Malik will discuss the implication of his memoir for policy makers in education and child social care, and explore how one man was able to put right what an entire system got so terribly wrong. The talk will be hosted by writer and University of Liverpool PhD candidate Bernadette McBride

Blackwell's bookshop will be facilitating a signing with Malik after this event in the Waterhouse Café.

We have listened to your feedback and this year we’re offering you the chance to purchase full day or weekend passes so you can enjoy everything the festival has to offer.

All passes will include reserved seating in the lecture theatre, a free drink at the Waterhouse Café, plus a host of other exclusive VIP benefits.

Cost: Saturday pass £30, Sunday pass £40, Weekend pass £60

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Please note, all types of festival passes do not include the launch event on Friday 7th October with Ann Cleeves at the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre.