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Audio Recording: The First Stuart Hall Public Conversation

Listen to the audio recording of The First Stuart Hall Public Conversation (Conway Hall, 3rd Feb 2018).

An afternoon of stimulating talks, readings and performances focusing on the profound political and economic changes taking place in different parts of the globe and the forms of popular resistance to those changes.

The afternoon started with award-winning poet 
Mona Arshi reading new and recent poems including from her moving and intimate poetry collection Small Hands. Keynote speeches were given by playwright and commentator David Edgar, essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra and were followed by an open discussion, chaired by Gilane Tawadros, the Vice-Chair of Stuart Hall Foundation.

Speakers and performers

Mona Arshi is an award-winning poet. Her debut collection of poems Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. She worked for a decade as a lawyer for the human rights charity Liberty UK, acting on many high-profile cases.

David Edgar is a playwright and commentator. More than sixty of his plays have been published and performed on stage, radio and television around the world, making him one of the most prolific dramatists in the UK.

Pankaj Mishra is an award-winning essayist and novelist. His works include From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia (winner of the prestigious Leipzig Book Award) and Age of Anger: A History of the Present.

Gilane Tawadros is the Vice-Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation and Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organisation. She is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva).