Jay Bernard and Lola Olufemi in Conversation

A black and white image of Jay Bernard and Lola Olufemi looking directly at the camera. Jay is wearing a white top. Lola is wearing a black top.

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The Oxford Queer Studies Network is delighted to be hosting an online conversation between the brilliant writers Jay Bernard and Lola Olufemi touching on archives and social history, interdisciplinarity, arts and activism and black and trans feminisms. Their discussion will be followed by a Q&A.


Jay Bernard is a writer, their practice is interdisciplinary and much of what they do is rooted in archives and social history. Their debut collection Surge won the Ted Hughes Award 2017 and they were named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2020. Surge was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award; T.S. Eliot Prize; Forward Prize for Best First Collection; Dylan Thomas Prize; RSL Ondaatje Prize; John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize. Surge is based on the archives at the George Padmore Institute relating to the 1981 New Cross Fire.

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) and Experiments in Imagining Otherwise, forthcoming from Hajar Press in 2021. She is a member of 'bare minimum', an interdisciplinary anti-work art collective.

Everyone is most welcome to attend this event, whether or not they are affiliated with the University of Oxford.

If you have any questions, please contact ruth.ramsden-karelse@merton.ox.ac.uk

You can view the event here.


Image: Photograph of Jay Bernard by Joshua Virasami. Used with permission.



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