2017-18 John Rich Fellow Magdalena Zaborowska was recently interviewed for "Nobody Knows My Name - Notes on James Baldwin," a BBC Radio 3 documentary exploring the reasons behind the resonance and resurgence of his work and analysis thirty years after his death.
Baldwin was a gay African American writer whose novels including Go Tell it on the Mountain and Giovanni's Room made him a leading thinker on America, sexuality and race from the 1950s onwards.
With new documentaries, films, essays and activists explicitly using Baldwin as a touchstone - what is it about Baldwin's insight and art that has prompted such a resurgence of interest? And how might he help us understand the contemporary moment
Writers including The Good Immigrant's Musa Okwonga, Mitchell S Jackson and the New Yorker's Hilton Als, community organiser Imani Robinson, academic Robert Reid-Pharr and Baldwin biographer and academic Magdalena Zaborowska unpick his work and find moments of personal shared experience. Listen