Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Angie Thomas On the Come Up

In March 2019 we were lucky enough to welcome bestselling author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, to our Queen Elizabeth Hall. Thomas joined award-winning writer and deputy editor at Galdem, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for a discussion about her second novel On the Come Up, the power of storytelling and a homage to hip-hop.

On the Come Up – the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be – firmly positions Thomas as a writer of compelling novels with audacious characters that offer a prism through which we can view contemporary culture, politics and the black American experience.


Angie Thomas: On the Come Up by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast


Here I am as a black woman author in children’s literature, my counterparts are not threats, they’re my inspiration, they’re my motivation, we’re all doing this and we’re doing it for a greater good so why not support and celebrate one another?
Angie Thomas


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