YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN is a leading commentator on race, multiculturalism and human rights, writing for the Independent and Guardian and appearing regularly on TV and radio. She has won many journalism awards, including the Orwell Prize in 2002. She is also the author of No Place Like Home (1995) and the IPPR report True Colours, on public attitudes to multiculturalism.
Britain's Immigrant Stories: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown & Bidisha at Edinburgh International Book Festival
What does national identity mean in an era of multiracial culture? Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is one of Britain's most important commentators on multiculturalism: in Exotic England she describes 'a curious nation' that has developed thanks to its long history of immigration. Bidisha is a writer and human rights journalist whose book Asylum and Exile depicts the bravery of people who have left everything behind to seek sanctuary on this island.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
One of Britain's foremost cultural commentators on politics, multiracial societies, faith and human rights, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown tells of her love for England; a country attracted to diversity and difference. She reflects on what it means to be English today.
Ways With Words festival, Dartington Hall, Droridge Farm, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JG
An eclectic panel unpacks and debates the causes, symptoms and possible solutions to the problem of radicalisation. Is it as big a problem as we've been led to believe? Are the root causes social, religious, economic, or another case of a few bad apples?
Chaired by BAFTA-winning satirist Heydon Prowse and featuring:
Maajid Nawaz (former radical islamist, counter-extremism consultant, writer & campaigner)
Andrew Gilligan (Telegraph London editor)
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Ugandan-Asian immigrant and one of England's most outspoken and insightful journalists)
Zoe Williams (Author and Guardian columnist)
Wilderness Festival, Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Charlsbury, Oxfordshire, OX7 3DG