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National Debates: Youth – culture & identity

Thu 29 September, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour

What’s it like to be young in the 21st century?

A panel discuss the influences, pressures, challenges, opportunities and threats encountered by young people as they explore identity, cultural place, global politics and media, to try and understand the state of the young nation.

Our panel: 

Jennifer Blake is a youth worker and former gang leader, who has run an award-winning charity, Safe'N'Sound, based in Peckham in South London, for the past 12 years, helping young people nationally to get out of gangs, drugs and abuse.

Juno Dawson (formerly known as James) is an author and activist. She was voted Queen of Teen in 2014, and writes YA fiction and non-fiction, tackling puberty, sex, relationships, and LGBT and mental health issues in a frank and funny fashion. She contributes to Attitude, GT, Glamour and the Guardian and to news items concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education on Woman's Hour, Front Row, This Morning and Newsnight. She is a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall. @junodawson

James Massiah is a performance poet, lyricist and music producer, who focuses on relationships with youth culture, religion, sexuality and ethics. He has worked for the BBC, the Guardian and Nike, has performed at Tate Modern, The Southbank Centre and the Houses of Parliament and was part of Shakespeare reCITED at Selfridges, a series of music and art performances from grime and spoken word artists in collaboration with cult streetwear brands, in his case, British designer Liam Hodges. @JamesMassiah

Barbara Ntumy is a recent graduate in International Relations, Peace and Conflict from London Metropolitan University. She moved to the UK from Ghana in 2006. An active anti-racist and anti-austerity campaigner, she sits on the National Executive Council of NUS and is currently Deputy President of London Met Students' Union. She caught the entrepreneurial bug in 2015 and created the political apparel line, Sassy Tees, which she has channelled into her political work. @BarbaraNtumy @BarbaraMetSU @sassyteesuk

Chaired by Ayshea Buksh, who has been a reporter for BBC News and BBC London News since 2007. She also works for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, reporting on issues such as competitive robotics in schools and parenting, and recently did a week-long series on knife crime. @AysheaBuksh

Tickets £6 (£5 concessions) - follow the Date and buy tickets link above right to book.

This event is followed at 7.10pm (for 40 mins) in the Cottesloe Room off the Dorfman foyer, by the lively and sociable debating game, bardeblah, where you are encouraged to suspend your judgment, enjoy the rhetoric, and appreciate both sides of the argument!

Tickets for bardeblah are free but need to be booked in advance.
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