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In conversation with Alexandra Wilson, "The Essex Barrister" and author of In Black and White

When: Wednesday 29 June 2022Time: 14:00 - 15:00 BST

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Alexandra Wilson was a teenager when her close family friend Ayo was stabbed to death on his way home from football. Ayo's passing changed Alexandra. She felt compelled to enter the legal profession in search of answers. As a junior criminal and family law barrister, Alexandra finds herself navigating a world and a set of rules designed by a privileged few.

Alexandra will be discussing her debut book, In Black and White. In the book, Alexandra re-creates the tense courtroom scenes, the heart-breaking meetings with teenage clients, and the moments of frustration and triumph that make up a young barrister's life. Alexandra shows us how it feels to defend someone who hates the colour of your skin, or someone you suspect is guilty. Alexandra's account of what she has witnessed as a young mixed-race barrister is in equal parts shocking, compelling, confounding and powerful. 


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