Rianna Walcott will be discussing her book, The Colour of Madness, an edited anthology about BAME mental health in the UK. Inspired by a range of experiences, this anthology of art, poetry, short fiction, memoirs, and essays seeks to disrupt the whitewashed narrative of mental health in the United Kingdom. Through a journey along the visible colour spectrum, Rianna Walcott centres the experiences of over fifty people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, expanding our understanding of mental health to one which encompasses the full rainbow. The talk will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.
Rianna Walcott is an LAHP-funded PhD candidate at King’s College London researching black identity formation in digital spaces, and a graduate twiceover from the University of Edinburgh. She co-founded projectmyopia.com, a website that promotes diversity in academia and a decolonised curriculum. She frequently writes and interviews about feminism, race and literature for publications including gal-dem, Dazed, The Skinny, Huffpost, Vice, The BBC and The Guardian. Rianna is co-editor for the recently published anthology about BAME mental health The Colour of Madness, and in the time left over she moonlights as a professional jazz singer. Her work can be found at riannawalcott.com and she tweets at @rianna_walcott.
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