Emma Dabiri Dingle Literary Festival 2021

Location: ONLINE/Ar Líne

Date/Dáta:  Sunday 21 November 2021

Time/Am: 15.00 – 15.45  IST/GMT

Cost: Free

What White People Can Do Next with Emma Dabiri in conversation with Kit de Waal

Ar Féidir le Daoine Geala a Dhéanamh Anois – Emma Dabiri i gcomhrá le Kit de Waal

Emma Dabiri is an Irish author, academic, and broadcaster. Her groundbreaking debut book, Don’t Touch My Hair, first published in 2019, formed from the frustrations of growing up as a person of colour in a very white Ireland. Born to a Trinidadian mother and black Nigerian father, her tight curly hair was a “constant source of deep, deep shame”, and a constant battle of straightening until she realised this fight against its nature didn’t sit well with her politics. Don’t Touch My Hair, a book is about why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisation, established Emma Dabiri as a voice to be listened to and a force to be reckoned with.

What White People Can Do Next Emma Dabiri Dingle Literary Festival 2021

In her latest book, What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition, Emma Dabiri outlines how the idea of race was constructed to bolster capitalism. She draws on years of research and personal experience to explain how, in a divided world, unity and coalition are needed to create a future that works for everyone and challenges us to create meaningful, lasting change.

Kit De Waal Dingle Literary festival 2021

Emma Dabiri will be in conversation with Kit de Waal. Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a childminder and foster carer, and a Caribbean father.

She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption, foster care and judgecraft for members of the judiciary.

My Name is Leon, her first novel was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader’s Choice Prize 2014 and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.


This is a pre-recorded online event. Signing up means you will receive a link to view the event online. The featured authors will not be in Dingle for a live event. The broadcast of this event will be on the Big Screen in St James’s at the scheduled time.

The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups. We present both author events and writers’ workshops.

Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It’s a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.

The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.

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