Place, Race and Family
Sarah Broom (author of The Yellow House) tells the story of a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area in one of America’s most mythologised cities: New Orleans. She expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser-known natives, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. This is an essential story about place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalised shame that often follows. In telling the tale of her family she tells a wider story of the Black experience in the south of the United States with lessons for us all.
She will be in conversation with Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol.
The Yellow House is published by Corsair. Buy a copy from our friends at Waterstones.
This is part of The Great Reset programme, in which we look at the challenges facing us and the solutions to these. The programme starts in November 2020 and runs to November 2021. Future themes include: freedom of speech and democracy (Spring-October 2021); the Bristol Constitutional Convention (Spring 2021) and a new future for cities in Festival of the Future City (October 2021). Ongoing events in our Festival of Ideas throughout 2021 will also focus on challenges and solutions.
It’s important to us that ideas and debate are affordable to everyone. It’s also important that our commentators, artists, writers, poets and thinkers are paid. This is a Pay What You Can event. You are invited to choose your own contribution to the event, from £0 to £8. All proceeds go towards supporting our speakers and sustaining Festival of Ideas. The option to attend for free is available for all online events.
Image of Sarah Broom by Adam Shemper.