Rahila Gupta tells George Miller: 'I have a British passport but I’ve always felt like an immigrant'. Their conversation explores the background to that statement, touching on some of the political causes that Rahila has been involved with and how her writing has served those causes.
Writing, for me, is a journey of discovery. I don't know how to reach my inner brain, my subconscious, without using writing as a form of extraction; a kind of archaeological dig.
I don't aspire to be an inadequate orator, or chant slogans, or heckle speakers. I am the scribe. I record, I argue, I raise awareness and I try to persuade others through my words.
Even though I have some sympathy for the dislocation you must have felt, I want to urge you to hurry. All those years spent trying your hand at something different, wasting time.
We write to remember, and to forget, using memoir to fix the past and prevent amnesia leaking memory away. Terry Pratchett said that amnesia steels us from ourselves. But Rahila Gupta found that if you stage memoir the door to the past keeps opening. Each performance of her deeply personal play confronted her with new pain until she came to a new understanding of love and grief.