This is a story of belonging and not belonging, of not knowing if you exist and making sure that you do. This story is for ancestors and descendants, for the people without roles or representation who find themselves placed in a random mixed-up race. This is a story about time travel and tigers, of mountains and moons, and what happens when you sew a thread that was split in two.
Reliving defining memories from early childhood in the 1990s to the present day, Laila Woozeer engages with the divisive patterns of racism and prejudice and their cumulative effect on a single life. Using the healing stream of connection – with personal and family history, friends, nature and imagination – and the act of creation, Laila illustrates the way a self was forged. Between past lives and personhood, and from colonialism to creativity, this is a vivid, lyrical account of identity, endurance, courage, growth and artistry. In Not Quite White you are invited to follow the journey of somebody trying desperately to understand who they are, how to survive, and what it might mean to thrive.
Laila Woozeer is a London-born writer and musician who grew up in rural Wales, fully enchanted by the ancient magic found there. Laila's work ranges from award-winning soundtracks, off-the-wall theatre shows and original songwriting. Laila is a long-term vegan, practising mixed-religion sorceress, lover of all things pink and/or shiny, rescue snake owner, overuser of major sevenths, and avid arcade gamer. Laila is mixed heritage and queer. Laila is interested in and available for commissions and commentary on topics including identity, race, colonialism, UK history, veganism, animals/animal welfare, representation, spirituality, witchcraft, travel/tourism, mental health, sexuality, gender and gender identity, relationships, theatre/performing arts, entertainment and pop culture. Not Quite White is Laila's first book.
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