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Monocle Reads: Hay on George Floyd, one year on
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13 May 2021
Photo: Hamish Brown
George Floyd: One Year On is a series of events curated by Lemn Sissay as part of this year’s Hay Festival. Georgina Godwin explores the series with Sissay and two of the speakers taking part, author Maaza Mengiste and political commentator and activist Ash Sarkar.
13 May 2021
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