Event 22

Charlotte Williams talks to Kirsti Bohata

Sugar and Slate

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space

The daughter of a white Welsh-speaking mother and a black father from Guyana, the author grew up in a small town on the coast of north Wales, with few role models. In search of her roots, she travelled to Africa and the Caribbean, before returning to Wales.

Hers is a story of Welshness and otherness, of roots and rootlessness, in which there is a constant going away and coming back with always a sense of being ‘half home’. It is both a personal memoir and a tale that speaks to the wider experience of mixed-race Britons.

‘An engaging and perceptive voice describing an engrossing and particular personal story’ – journalist Gary Younge

Williams is Honorary Professor at the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences at Bangor University and Honorary Fellow at University of South Wales.

In conversation with Kirsti Bohata, a professor at Swansea University and a leading scholar in the field of Welsh writing in English.

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Charlotte Williams talks to Kirsti Bohata