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Jesus College people at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Postgraduate student Sophie Marie Niang and former Research Fellow Helen Macdonald are involved in events at this year's Cambridge Literary Winter Festival (17-20 November).

The festival programme includes two anti-racism events chaired by Sophie Marie Niang, who is currently studying for a PhD in sociology at Jesus.

  • Saturday 19 November - 12pm – The Cambridge Union: Dismantling Racism In Education
    • Join former teacher, author, broadcaster, educator, and journalist Jeffrey Boakye in conversation with Sophie Marie Niang. Boakye, whose latest book I Heard What You Said  draws on his 15 years experience as a secondary school teacher, to tackle the subject of racism in British schools. 
  • Sunday 20 November - 12pm – The Cambridge Union: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
    • Reni Eddo-Lodge celebrates one million copies of Why I’m No Longer Speaking to White People About Race with an updated edition of the record-breaking book. Hear her in conversation with researcher Sophie Marie Niang.

The literary line-up also features an environmental event about birdwatching chaired by Helen Macdonald, who was a Research Fellow at Jesus between 2004-2006.

  • Saturday 19 November - 2pm – Palmerston Room: Birdgirl
    • Meet Mya-Rose Craig, otherwise known as ‘Birdgirl’. British-Bangladeshi birder, environmentalist, and diversity activist, she has seen more than 5,000 different types of bird: half of the world’s species. Mya-Rose is joined by fellow birder and author of award winning book H is for Hawk Helen Macdonald to discuss her ornithological passions and her tireless campaigning to end the climate and biodiversity loss crisis whilst also promoting Global Climate Justice and equal access to nature.

Concession tickets are available to under-25s and any who need them for financial reasons.