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Roxane Gay in Conversation

In conversation on stage for the first time in the UK, Roxane Gay brings her candour and characteristic humour to contemporary culture.

Southbank Centre is proud to present the first UK appearance of the celebrated cultural critic and novelist as she touches on topics from body image to Wakanda, and everything in between.

Renowned for her sensitivity, humour and honesty, Gay is an able voice whose frank personal explorations of feminism, race, body image and pop culture shed light on our culture.

Gay is joined by Liv Little who is a curator, audio producer, filmmaker and the editor-in-chief of gal-dem, a fledgling media empire ran exclusively by women and non-binary people of colour. Little is currently working as a digital executive at the BBC and contributing editor for ELLE UK.

Gay's most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, captures the experiences, traumas and attitudes which have shaped Gay’s changing relationship with her body and what they reveal about society as a whole. Her previous book, Bad Feminist, became a New York Times bestseller, exposing the inequalities of the present with insight and piercing wit.

Her fiction includes the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. She is also the author of The World of Wakanda for Marvel.

In 2015, Gay was the recipient of the PEN America Freedom to Write Award for demonstrating ‘exceptional courage in the defense of free expression.’ She has contributed to numerous publications, and her fiction has been widely anthologised.

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Royal Festival Hall


£15 - £35
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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Age recommendation
For ages 16+.

Copies of Roxane Gay’s new book Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body are available for £6.99 when you buy a ticket to the talk, to be collected at the event.

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