The book that beat Harry Potter to become the readers’ favourite of 2016, The Good Immigrant is a collection of powerful and moving essays that reach to the heart of what it means to be black, Asian or Minority Ethnic in Britain today.

Join chair, Ralph Dartford, editor, Nikesh Shukla, and contributor Sabrina Mahfouz, for a behind-the-scenes look at the people, stories and experiences featured in this ground-breaking collection.

Showcasing the humanity behind the dry statistics and nationalist rhetoric that surround modern British immigration, The Good Immigrant is a shining example of the power of storytelling in bringing human beings together.

About The Speakers

Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer who has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has been shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry and has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and a Fringe First Award.


Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla has experience of both traditional and non-traditional publishing routes. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Meatspace, the Costa shortlisted (and crowdfunded) novel Coconut Unlimited and the award-winning novella The Time Machine. He is the editor of the award-winning The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays about race and immigration. He wrote the short film Two Dosas and the Channel 4 sitcom Kabadasses.

About The Chair

Ralph Dartford

Ralph Dartford is the author of Cigarettes, Beer and Love (Ossett Observer Presents 2013) and Recovery Songs (Valley Press 2019). His forthcoming third collection, Serotonin Songs will be published by Valley Press in 2021. Ralph is writer and tutor who mainly works with people who are in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. His spoken word performance show, Recovery Songs continues to tour nationally.