In 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the current conversation around race in the UK. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.
Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, decided to dig into the source of these feelings. The resulting book, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, published to critical acclaim and went on to become a Sunday Times Bestseller.
In this special live recording of Ctrl, Alt, Delete at Waterstones Gower Street, Emma talks to Reni about the overwhelming response to the book one year on, both online and offline, positive and negative.
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Voice, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, the Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist. She is the winner of an MHP 30 to Watch Award and was chosen as one of the Top 30 Young People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014. She has also been listed in Elle’s 100 Inspirational Women list, and The Root’s 30 Black Viral Voices Under 30. She contributed to The Good Immigrant. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race is her first book. It was chosen as Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Blackwell’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year, longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, won the Jhalak Prize and has been shortlisted for Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.
renieddolodge.co.uk / @renireni
Emma Gannon is an author, award-winning blogger and broadcaster, recently selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 2018. She recently starred in a national advertising campaign for Microsoft which showcases and celebrates her multi-hyphenate career. Her podcast ‘CTRL, ALT, DELETE’ discusses work, social media and careers and has now reached almost 2 million downloads. It’s been recommended by WIRED, Esquire, Elle, Red, Marie Claire, The Times, The London Evening Standard and many more. Her second book The Multi-Hyphen Method all about the future of work comes out in May with Hodder & Stoughton.