Osman Yousefzada Reads from The Go-Between
From Damian Barr’s Literary Salon Podcast
Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests include Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Yaa Gyasi, Mary Beard, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières—all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations world-wide. Our London home is the Savoy. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host.
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We have a dazzling memoir featured on the show this week! The Go-Between: A Portrait of Growing Up Between Different Worlds is a coming-of-age story that shines a light on the life of a young, creative boy growing up in 1980’s Birmingham. Osman Yousefzada grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a red-light district amidst divided immigrant communities. Despite these humble beginnings, he is now an internationally celebrated artist and fashion designer who dresses the stars. Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez – all love his artistry. This is his remarkable story.
This podcast is edited and produced by Megan Bay Dorman.
Osman Yousefzada was born in Birmingham. He is an artist and a designer, who studied at SOAS and Central Saint Martins, and went on to do a Masters at Cambridge University. As well as being nominated for various fashion awards, he has been awarded the prestigious British Fashion Council NEWGEN award for three consecutive seasons. Osman has been nominated for the Annual Designs of the Year Award at the Design Museum, and shortlisted for a Frieze Art Award. He curates a collaborative journal, The Collective, a cross-disciplinary publication featuring artists, writers and other creatives. The Osman clothing line is sold internationally and is worn by celebrities including Beyonce, Lupita Nyong’o, Thandiwe Newton, Gwen Stefani, Emma Watson, Freida Pinto and many more.