East Side Voices: Celebrating ESEA Identity

Thu 1 Sep 2022, 7.45pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Literature & poetry
From £10
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Image of a group of writers from East Side Voices, against a blue and red background
Heather Chuter

Zing Tsjeng, Naomi Shimada, Claire Kohda, Helena Lee and Will Harris mark East and Southeast Asian Heritage Month, and the launch of East Side Voices in paperback.

The evening is hosted by Helena Lee, founder of the East Side Voices salon and editor of East Side Voices: Essays Celebrating East and Southeast Asian Identity, and features poetry, discussion and live readings by contributors to this first-of-its-kind anthology.

Zing Tsjeng is a journalist with over 10 years of experience across print, online and broadcast media as an editor, writer and presenter. She is VICE UK’s editor in chief, where she specialises in arts, culture, identity and current affairs, and has also written for publications such as British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Time Out London.

Naomi Shimada is an influential model, BBC podcaster, and co-author of Mixed Feelings. She launched her newsletter Tender Contributions in January 2022.

Will Harris is the winner of the 2020 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, poet and author of RENDANG and Mixed Race Superman.

Claire Kohda is a literary critic, violinist and the author of WOMAN, EATING, a literary novel about a young, mixed-race vampire trying to navigate the London contemporary art world.

Helena Lee is the features director of Harper’s Bazaar. In February 2020, she founded the platform East Side Voices to raise the visibility of talent of East and Southeast Asian heritage. She is also a leader in the #StopESEAHate campaign.

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Thu 1 Sep 2022, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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