malik al nasir

Decolonizing Place: In Conversation with Malik Al Nasir

6:00pm - 8:30pm / Tuesday 23rd May 2023 / Venue: 502 Teaching Hub, Lecture Room 3 (1st Floor) Bedford House
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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CSIS and the Dept. of English are thrilled to host acclaimed author Malik Al Nasir for a conversation and Q&A on decolonization and place.

This event, supported by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS) and the Department of English, University of Liverpool, will explore the concept of decolonization from the perspective of "place" and the role of literature, in particular, in thinking through the connections between place (and especially Liverpool) and decolonization. Malik Al Nasir will be in conversation with Dr. Sreya Datta (University of Liverpool). The author will speak about his own relationship with Liverpool over the years, how that has shaped his thinking, and how he understands the concept of literature and literacy itself. The conversation will draw on Malik's research on the legacies of transatlantic slavery. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a post-event drinks reception.

About the Author

Malik Al Nasir is an author, poet and academic from Liverpool. His memoir ‘Letters to Gil’ is a compelling account of his childhood experiences in a brutal UK Local Authority care system, which at eighteen, left him traumatised, semi-literate, homeless, and destitute. A chance meeting with poet and activist Gil Scott-Heron was to prove life changing, setting him on a path to success. Malik is currently reading for a PhD in history at University of Cambridge on a full ESRC scholarship, and he’s just been awarded the prestigious ‘Sydney Smith Memorial Prize’ for ‘outstanding achievement’ at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Malik is also the recipient of the University of Cambridge Vice Chancellors Award for Global Impact (2023) for his work around enslavement and reparations.

Malik's Socials:

• Twitter / Instagram - @malikandtheogs

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Malik’s publisher: William Collins imprint of HarperCollins

Malik’s Agent: Charles Walker - United Agents

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Book promo enquiries: Katherine Patrick Publicity director, William Collins,