Helena, it’s been so great having you speak in the Library Lounge Helena… tell us what East Side Voices is all about?
East Side Voices is a platform to raise the visibility of East and South East Asians - mainly living and working here in the UK. There is such a wealth of talent of East and South East Asian origin, and I wanted to create a forum that was open to everyone - to explore, and discuss what it is to be part of the East Asian diaspora, and unlock those shared experiences. For the launch, we had the award-winning writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, and Sharlene Teo discuss identity in fiction, and recently, the brilliant fashion designer Rejina Pyo told us about her life - in both Seoul and London - and work. The Whitbread Prize-winner Tash Aw will be talking about ideas of belonging in a future edition.