“Letters To Gil” Book Launch With Malik Al Nasir

Wednesday 27 October 2021

“A searing, triumphant story. A testament to the tenacity of the human spirit as well as a beautiful ode to an iconic figure’ IRENOSEN OKOJIE

 

“Letters to Gil” is Malik Al Nasir’s profound coming of age memoir – the story of surviving physical and racial abuse and discovering a new sense of self-worth under the wing of the great artist, poet and civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron.

Born in Liverpool, Malik was taken into care at the age of nine after his seafaring father became paralysed. He would spend his adolescence in a system that proved violent, neglectful, exploitative, traumatising and mired in abuse. Aged eighteen, he emerged semi-literate and penniless with no connections or sense of where he was going – until a chance meeting with Gil Scott-Heron.

“Letters to Gil” tells the story of Malik’s empowerment and awakening while mentored by Gil, from his introduction to the legacy of Black history to the development of his voice through poetry and music. Written with lyricism and power, it is a frank and moving memoir, highlighting how institutional racism can debilitate and disadvantage a child, as well as how mentoring, creativity, self-expression and solidarity helped him to uncover his potential.

Malik Al Nasir will be in conversation with his friend and former Sociology lecturer, Sheila Coleman. Sheila is a widely respected activist and campaigner and is the spokesperson for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

Their discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing. The book wil be available to buy on the night at the venue.

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