Talks and Events

Young people and online safety

Sat 25 May 4pm

In historical terms, the internet is still in its infancy. Parents, schools and governments are all still working out how to allow young people to reap its benefits while staying safe from predatory influences such as radicalisers and groomers. This expert panel includes terrorism defence lawyer Tasnime Akunjee, who represents the families of the Bethnal Green schoolgirls who fled to Syria, an academic specialising in the linguistics of online groomers, as well as Nyla levy, writer and performer of Does My Bomb Look Big In This? Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion about the digital era we are in.

Chair:    Shawab Iqbal (theatre producer and governor of Newham College)

Panellists:    Tasnime Akunjee (terrorism defence lawyer) Dr Cristina Izura (University of Swansea academic studying the linguistics of online grooming)  Nyla Levy (writer and actor) Emma Soutar (trainer, Centre for Child Protection, University of Kent)

Is Britain in denial? History and belonging among UK diasporas.

Sat 1 Jun 4pm

In Does My Bomb Look Big In This? one of the characters questions her teacher about why the British Empire and British foreign policy are not included on the school History curriculum. What are the reasons for this absence and what effect does overlooking this history have on UK diasporas whose families were directly affected? A specialist panel of historians and writers will debate these questions, chaired by playwright and academic Hassan Abdulrazzak.

Chair:    Hassan Abdulrazzak (playwright and academic)

Panellists:    Eleanor Newbigin (senior lecturer in South Asian history at SOAS) Dan Lyndon-Cohen (Lead Practitioner History teacher)

Representation and narrative in UK arts and media

Sat 8 Jun 4pm

Does My Bomb Look Big In This? was conceived in response to the overwhelmingly negative media coverage of British Muslims, and the stereotypical roles being offered to the show’s creator, actor Nyla Levy. What effect do these representations of different UK communities have over time, and how does this affect their lived experience?

Chair:    Yasmeen Khan (writer and broadcaster)

Panellists:    Lakesha Arie-Angelo (Soho Theatre’s associate artist)  Mingyu Lin (director, DMBLBIT) Tobi Kyeremateng (producer) In-Sook Chappell (writer and screenwriter)