literature & poetry

Notes on Self: Memoirs of Hope & Triumph

Authors Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith and Katy Massey discuss their vivid memoirs, shining a light on their experiences of navigating class, race and identity.

Goldsmith’s The Space Between Black and White and Massey’s Are We Home Yet? trace their journeys as working-class women, brought up by their mothers.

The Space Between Black and White is a moving memoir about Goldsmith’s life growing up in 1950s London as the mixed-race daughter of a single, white mother.

Through conversations, letters, diary extracts and anecdotes, it illuminates Goldsmith’s journey of self-discovery.

The book traces Katy's journey as a mixed-race girl growing up in Leeds with her outspoken French-Canadian mother, and explores family struggles and mental health issues, but also hope and triumph.

Following a career in women’s organisations and international development, Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith founded Anona Development Consultancy in 1995.

In 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leicester in 2015 for her contribution to women's rights, equality and the voluntary sector.

Writer and editor Katy Massey’s PhD findings formed the inspiration for Tangled Roots, a long-term project aiming to equip everyone with the skills to author their own lives.

Her writing has been shortlisted for several prizes, including SI Leeds Literature Prize and Crocus Books/Commonword First Chapter Competition. She has edited two collections of memoirs.

In 2017, she was a judge for the first Spread the Word Life Writing Prize.

This event is presented in partnership with Jacaranda Books #Twentyin2020.

Dates & times

27 Apr 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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    • Mon 27 April 2020
      • 7:30 pm


Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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