Skin by Salena Godden
Essay about race and culture and the personal impact of the publication of The Good Immigrant.
Recorded live at Last Word Festival, Roundhouse, London, June 7th 2017, day before the general election.
Performed at 'The Good Immigrant' an event of talks and performance, introduced by the wonderful Nikesh Shukla.
A powerful updated rewrite of an essay originally commissioned and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 'The Essay' in February 2017 - www.salenagodden.co.uk/2017/02/bbc-e…erything.html
"There is a skin on everything and it stops the light getting in. Stops the truth getting through. There is a skin over your ear, that filters the words so you don't hear. I am learning to listen. I hope you hear this, this is the song I sing, love is the answer to everything. The skin of love is durable, made strong with tolerance, empathy and kindness. Now is the time to speak up and to live lively, love life, and let the light in."