Afua Hirsch

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Presenter & Author, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

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In a varied career that has taken her from being a barrister, to a journalist, to a bestselling author, Afua has written extensively on racism, Britain’s history, cultural identity, education and politics. A regular face on television, Afua is also a BBC presenter and documentary filmmaker.


Afua Hirsch is a journalist, presenter, documentary filmmaker and the author of Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging. A former barrister, she was the legal correspondent for The Guardian and Social Affairs and Education Editor for Sky News. 

Her bestseller Brit(ish) looks at Britain’s imperialist past and how it continues to affect society today. The personal exploration of identity and historical examination brings into focus uncomfortable truths about modern Britain and views on race and ethnicity. In investigating the national character she reflects on universal attitudes towards race and the pressing need for systemic change.

Afua is a frequent contributor to The Observer, Time Magazine, The Sunday Times and Vogue and appears regularly on news and current affairs programmes across the BBC, Sky, CNN and Channel 4. She has presented various documentaries including the BBC’s Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power, and Channel 4’s The Battle for Britain’s Heroes. She has also appeared on Question Time, Politics Live, Newsnight, Radio 4 and Good Morning Britain.

Outside of her journalism and research, Afua has also authored the children’s book Equal to Everything, is the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California, and was a judge for the Man Booker Prize.

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