14 May 2018

Writer and educationalist Darren Chetty and journalist, Coco Khan are to of the contributors to this prize-winning collection of essays published as "The Good Immigrant".  They met the Year 10's, read aloud from the book, talked about their personal experiences and how the book came about and then answered numerous excellent questions from the audience.  “The Good Immigrant” explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be `other' in a country that doesn't seem to want you, doesn't truly accept you - however many generations you've been here - but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants - job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees - until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants. 

Many students were inspired by the talk and are now eager to buy or borrow the book. After the visit Darren wrote “I just wanted to say thank you for the warm welcome today. Coco and I both really enjoyed the session. It was fascinating to hear where the students' interests lay.”

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