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Colin Grant

I’m Black So You Don’t Have to Be

Hay Festival 2023, 

Conjuring a peculiar Jamaican family in Luton, Colin Grant presents his memoir I’m Black So You Don’t Have to Be. He introduces us to his proud mother, Ethlyn, who dreams of escaping their council house; his father Bageye, whose ganja dealing enables Grant’s private school education; and his acerbic uncle, Castus, who predicts Grant’s four BBC disciplinary hearings and berates his nephew for not being black enough. Grant is an author, historian and critic.

Colin Grant is in conversation with writer and comedian Athena Kugblenu.

Colin Grant