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Nikesh Shukla in Conversation

Thursday 16 November 2017, 19:00 to 20:30

Nikesh Shukla presents outcomes from his residency at Arnolfini.

Throughout Grayson Perry's exhibition, we are delighted to welcome Nikesh Shukla as writer-in-residence.

During the autumn, Nikesh will be producing new work, exploring themes around Brexit, British values and the idea of a nationalism that celebrates all of us, especially in a city like Bristol, built on the legacy of slavery.

Join us for a reading of the work followed by a conversation between Nikesh, Kieran Yates and Nathan Connolly. 

Following the event, Nikesh will be joined by Roseanna Dias and Adibah Iqbal, playing tunes in the bar until close. 

7-8.30pm - Readings and discussion

8.30-11.30pm - Music in the cafe bar 

About Nikesh Shukla 

Nikesh Shukla's debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010.

Alongside his second novel, Meatspace, Nikesh has written for The Guardian, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC2, LitHub, Guernica and BBC Radio 4.

Nikesh is also the editor the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant which won the reader's choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards. 

Nikesh was one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller's 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016.


Nathan Connolly is the Director of Dead Ink Books, an independent publishing house based in Liverpool and supported by Arts Council England. In 2017 he edited the collection Know Your Place, an anthology of essays on the working class experience in contemporary Britain. 

Kieran Yates is a writer and documentary maker with a penchant for music and politics. Her work can be seen in Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, NME, FADER and more. Yates is co-author of Generation Vexed, publisher of new magazine British Values and former co-host of The Guardian Music Weekly podcast. 

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES Kieran and Nathan can no longer join us. But we will be joined by Rife magazine alumni Sammy Jones and Know Your Place contributor Sian Norris.

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Arnolfini is accessible for wheelchair users, with disabled toilets on all levels and lift access to all floors. This event will take place on the ground floor. If you have specific access requirements please email and we'll do all we can to facilitate. Companions to disabled customers are entitled to a free ticket.


Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! is initiated and organised by the Serpentine Galleries, London.

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With the support of:

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Media partner:

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