Reflections on life beyond the Binary
This event will take place at the British Library. It will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical), or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.
This event will take place in the (air conditioned) British Library Entrance Hall. When you arrive at the Library please head to the main entrance and follow the signage.
Travis Alabanza is an award-winning trans writer and performer: the creator of the stage shows Burgerz and Overflow. They have now written an electric memoir, None of the Above, about what it means to live outside the gender boundaries imposed on us by society.
Travis talks to Reni Eddo-Lodge about their transformative experiences as a Black, mixed race, non-binary person and the phrases people have directed at them: from the deceptively innocuous to the deliberately loaded or offensive to the celebratory. Travis Alabanza turns a mirror back on society, to question the very framework in which we live and the ways we treat each other.
In person tickets for students and under-26s are priced £5. The event will be followed by a book signing.
Online event bookers can buy a copy of None of the Above with a ticket at checkout for £19.99 (with UK postage) and watch the event for free. International postage will be higher. Books will be posted out within seven days after the event. Please ensure your address is up to date on your British Library account.
Travis Alabanza is an award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker. After being the youngest recipient of the Artist-in-Residency programme at Tate Galleries, Alabanza’s debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold-out performances in the Southbank Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and HAU, Berlin, and won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre Award. In 2020 their theatre show Overflow debuted at the Bush Theatre to widespread acclaim, and later streamed online in over 20 countries. Their writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, gal-dem, BBC Online and Metro and have been published in numerous anthologies, including Black and Gay In the UK. They have given talks on gender, trans identity and race at universities including Oxford, Harvard, Bristol and more. In 2019 the Evening Standard listed them as one of the 25 Most Influential People under 25. More recently they were picked as one of Bernardine Evaristo’s ‘Ones to Watch’ in Sunday Times Style, and they were featured as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2021.
Reni Eddo-Lodge is an award winning journalist, author, and podcaster who published the acclaimed Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race in June 2017. The book went on to be a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, and in 2020 became the first book by a Black British author to top the UK book charts. Among numerous other awards and nominations, Why I’m… won the 2018 Jhalak Prize, the 2018 Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, and a 2018 British Book Award for Narrative Non Fiction, and a 2018 public poll by Academic Book Week named it the most influential book written by a woman. The podcast, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge, premiered in March 2018. It was chosen as one of the best podcasts of 2018 by Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Harper’s Bazaar UK, The Guardian, British GQ and Wired UK. It’s since won three Lovie Awards. In 2019, Reni’s work earned her a place on Forbes’ European 30 Under 30 list.
Image of Travis Alabanza by Griff Townsend. Image of Reni Eddo Lodge by Ekua King.
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