Podcast: Our Stories Will Not Stay Secret | Free Word

“Even when our communities don’t have the jargon for it, we know it because we live it, our bodies archiving. A kind of testimony.” – Farzana Khan


OUR STORIES WILL NOT STAY SECRET took place at Free Word on Friday 26 October 2018, as part of our This Is Private Season.


It was a powerful evening of inspiring discussions and performances in response to writer and arts educator Farzana Khan’s debut piece “Revolutionary Mothering: Staying Alive in Violent Times”. Faces old and new filled the spaces of our venue for a moving, poignant riposte to the politics of fear and shame. The evening also featured the work of Spread the Word’s former Young People’s Laureate for London Selina Nwulu, Social Geographer Dr Azeezat Johnson, singer/song-writer Promi Ferdousi, and was chaired by Julian Henriques.

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Photo credit: Rowan Spray


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Installation by RESOLVE Collective

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Free writing desk by The Literary Consultancy

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