Interview with Hanif Kureishi about The Black Album

1st September 2009



The novelist Hanif Kureishi and Jatinder Verma, artistic director of Tara Arts, talk to Suman Bhuchar about taking The Black Album from page to stage at the National Theatre – and about multicultural relations during the 20-year period since the Salman Rushdie affair.

White writers are terrified of the subject of race… And it’s a real failing… The theatre is really reactionary in terms of being able to write about what’s happening in the post-war period in terms of race.