Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging

Our next talk will be on Monday, 19 October 2020, at 6.50 for 7pm

Part of Black History Month

Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging – in conversation with author Tessa McWatt. ‘What are you?’ Tessa McWatt knows first-hand that the answer to this question, often asked by white people, is always more complicated than it seems. Is the answer English, Scottish, British, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, American, French, African, Chinese, Canadian?

Like most families, hers is steeped in myth and the anecdotes of grandparents and parents who view their histories through the lens of desire, aspiration, loss, and shame. Tessa unspools all the interwoven strands of her inheritance, dismantles her own body and examines it piece by piece to build a devastating and incisively subtle analysis of the race debate as it now stands. This stunningly written exploration of who and what we truly are was shortlisted for the 2020 OCM Bocas prize for Caribbean literature.

Send an email in advance to for Zoom meeting ID and log in details. You will receive the link on or before the day of the talk; please allow yourself a few minutes before 7 pm to connect to the Zoom meeting.