The issue of cultural appropriation, and writers representing a culture, religion or ethnicity that is not their own, is an ongoing and lively matter of debate in contemporary culture. Less often discussed is the expectation that writers from BAME backgrounds should write characters or create settings that are entirely bound up with their cultural, religious or ethnic heritage; but with this expectation, is there also responsibility? To write positive, favourable representations? To focus on themes of identity and discrimination?
If the depiction is negative, or rather than subverting, reinforces stereotypes – what happens then? And are BAME writers held to account for their creative decisions in a way that white writers are not?
Join A.A. Dhand and Kia Abdullah as they interrogate how far BAME writers should feel ‘responsible’ when writing about their heritage – and how far the expectations of the reading public and the publishers should be disregarded?