As Trump prepares to build a wall and a registry for Muslims, as Theresa May continues to curb the free movement of migrants, as refugees continue to flee war zones to find themselves unwelcome in Europe, we need to remember that words can be a call-to-arms, writers can inspire and uplift and the written word is the last word on what constitutes humanity.

Join us for a special evening of newly commissioned work by authors from the award-winning 2016 bestseller, The Good Immigrant, hosted by the editor Nikesh Shukla.

Three of the book’s contributors will all perform brand new work in response to the news; poet and Springfield Road author Salena Godden, poet, journalist, broadcaster and musician Musa Okwonga and actor, writer, poet, stand-up and activist Vera Chok.

The Good Immigrant collects 21 writers of colour talking about race and immigration in the UK today. It was crowdfunded for in record time, won the 2016 Book Of the Year Reader’s Choice award and featured as BBC Radio 4 book of the week.

An important and timely read

JK Rowling

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The Last Word festival is home to a captivating mix of live performances that all have a story to tell. Featuring new work by established artists, rising talents and works-in-progress from home-g…