Spoken word & Live literature

Margo Jefferson & Reni Eddo-Lodge: On Michael Jackson

Hear Margo Jefferson talk to Reni Eddo-Lodge about one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century, Michael Jackson.

Ten years on from his death, these acclaimed and award-winning authors touch on what his legacy and music mean today, and what his life tells us about our culture as a whole.

They discuss what Jackson’s life and music can tell us about society, inequality and race, both then and now.

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and author of the 2016 Baillie Gifford-shortlisted Negroland, Margo Jefferson has long been hailed for her groundbreaking writing on African-American culture.

In her latest book, On Michael Jackson, published the year he would have turned 60, she turns her razor-sharp mind on the many guises of the King of Pop, charting his rise and fall from the emergence of a dazzling childhood star to the height of his fame and genre-bending musical innovations, to his trial and final performances. Written with sensitivity and penetrating historical depth, this is a definitive account of a pivotal cultural figure.

Jefferson is in conversation with Reni Eddo-Lodge, the Jhalak Prize-winning and bestselling author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson was a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times for years.

Her writing has appeared in Vogue, New York magazine, and The New Republic, among other publications. She is the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based award-winning journalist. She has written for the The New York Times, The Voice, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and The New Humanist, among others.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race is her first book. It was chosen as Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Blackwell’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year, longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and won the Jhalak Prize. It has also been shortlisted for Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and longlisted for the Orwell Prize.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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For ages 16+.

Copies of Margo Jefferson’s book On Michael Jackson are available for £9.99 when you buy a ticket to the talk, to be collected at the event. The author is signing copies of her book after the event.

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