Join our book club #BIDREADS to deepen your understanding of issues relating to detention and deportation.
Our next read is Luke de Noronha’s ‘Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica.’ We are delighted to announce that black feminist writer and CREAM/Stuart Hall foundation researcher, Lola Olufemi will be joining us to host an online author Q&A with Luke himself on the 1st of April at 6pm.
To take part all you need to do is get a copy of the book, start reading and register for the online event. You can purchase the book with 30% off using the discount code ‘Deporting30’ from Manchester University Press it may also be available at your local radical bookstore.
If you are unable to work due to your immigration status and would like help with the cost of purchasing the book please email [email protected].
We can’t wait to hear what you think of the book and invite you to share your reflections, questions and favourite quotes on social media using the hashtag #BIDREADS tagging @BIDDetention.
About the book:
In the last two decades, the UK has deported thousands of people to Jamaica. Many of these 'deportees' left the Caribbean as infants and grew up in the UK. Deporting Black Britons traces the life stories of four such men who have been exiled from their parents, partners, children and friends by deportation. It explores how 'Black Britons' survive once they are returned to Jamaica, and questions what their memories of poverty, racist policing and illegality reveal about contemporary Britain.
Based on years of research with deported people and their families, Deporting Black Britons presents stories of survival and hardship in both the UK and Jamaica. These intimate portraits testify to the damage wrought by violent borders, opening up wider questions about racism, belonging and deservingness in anti-immigrant times.
Luke de Noronha is an academic and writer working at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation at University College London (UCL). He is the author of Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica, and producer of the podcast Deportation Discs. He has written widely on the politics of immigration, racism and deportation for the Guardian, Verso blogs, VICE, Red Pepper, openDemocracy, The New Humanist, and Ceasefire Magazine. He lives in London and is on Twitter @LukeEdeNoronha.
Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer and CREAM/Stuart Hall foundation researcher from London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship to cultural production, political demands and futurity. She is author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020), Experiments in Imagining Otherwise, forthcoming from Hajar Press in 2021 and a member of 'bare minimum', an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.