Leon and Briana, authors of Black & Irish will lead a workshop in which they look at shaping biographies. They will take the group through how to ask questions that will provide an insight into people’s stories, how to actively listen, and how to draw out the narrative into sparkling text.

For Young People, supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland

Leon Diop is a mixed-race man from Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland. Born to an Irish mother and a Senegalese father, he grew up in a mixed ethnic and religious household. He studied Psychology in Maynooth University where he served two years as Students’ Union President. He is the founder of Black and Irish, an organisation striving to transform Ireland into a global leader in equality and inclusion. He is a host of the Black and Irish podcast with Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ. He currently serves on the boards of the Childhood Development Initiative, and Tallaght and South Dublin County Partnership.

Briana grew up in Yonkers, NY and has lived in Ireland since 2017. She was a secondary school teacher for 12 years and also holds degrees in English and Creative Writing. Briana‘s main focus now is to help make Irish schools even more inclusive by empowering teachers to be anti-racist in their approach towards educating the children of Ireland. Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers & Everyday Heroes is her first book. She lives in Co. Kildare with her partner and two children and is proud to call Ireland home.

Event Location

O’Donoghue Theatre, University of Galway

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