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31st January 2018

English students welcomed a very inspirational visitor to St Brendan’s last week, as award-winning writer Nikesh Shukla came to College.

Nikesh talks to students

Nikesh talks to students

Nikesh is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrant, where 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK. The book won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and is shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards!

This term English Literature students are studying experiences of immigration and focusing on Andrea Levy’s Small Island. Nikesh was the perfect guest to talk to students about the subject in a literary context and develop upon the conversations which had been taking place in the classroom. The successful author spoke about his experiences of the publishing industry as a London-born writer of colour and shared his motivations behind his latest book. Students were inspired by the incredibly engaging guest and the English department look forward to continuing their study of Small Island, with more visitors and insightful experiences to come next month!