BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 2

15 May 2020

WATCH EPISODE 3: NIKESH SHUKLA

International award winning author, columnist and podcast content creator Nikesh Shukla is interviewed by Brent’s Moeed Majeed.

Born in North Wembley, Brent, Nikesh has written numerous novels for adults and teenagers. His debut novel 'Coconut Limited' was set in Brent. Listen to Nikesh’s story of growing up in Brent, feeling ok to be an Almost Kid and his journey being published as a person of colour.

“It took me a long time to know myself and that’s what I get from writing. It’s an opportunity to look within, to reflect and interrogate yourself, as well as the world. [...] It’s only when I started writing, and exploring who I was, that I started to ‘come out my shell’."

"Every time I go back to Brent […] I look at it and I see things I didn’t appreciate. That’s why it’s home because it’s where I’m from."

Watch the full film here.

BRENT LOCKED IN: A NEW VIDEO SERIES EXPLORING HOW BRENT HAS SHAPED ITS ICONS

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

In this new video series, guest hosts from the Blueprint Collective will be catching up – in a socially distanced way, of course – with legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists from across the borough and finding out how they’ve been affected and perhaps even inspired by the COVID-19 crisis. Along the way, we will be digging deeper into our guests’ connections to Brent, discovering what they’ve been reading, watching, hearing and absorbing during this strange and frightening time – and hearing more about how they’re responding.

This forms part of Brent 2020 Unlocked.