In Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, British-born writer Johny Pitts explores the state of black identity in Europe. From a Cape Verdean shantytown in Lisbon to a predominantly Muslim suburb of Stockholm and the outlying banlieues of Paris, Johny encounters Europeans of African descent forging new identities in an increasingly fractured political landscape. Journalist Sana Qadar speaks with Johny about this acclaimed exploration of belonging that presents black Europeans as the lead actors in their own stories.

Johny Pitts (International)

Johny Pitts

Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcast journalist. He has received various awards for his work exploring Afro-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award. As part of an ongoing project, Johny founded and curates the award-winning online journal Afropean.com, part of the Guardian Newspaper’s Africa Network dedicated to the Afro-European diaspora, and has collaborated with Caryl Philips on a photographic essay about London’s immigrant communities for the BBC and Arts Council. Afropean is a Guardian UK, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine Best Book of 2019.

Sana Qadar (Australian)

Sana Qadar

Sana Qadar is an award-winning podcaster and journalist whose work has featured on the ABC, BBC, SBS, Al Jazeera and NPR, to name a few. Currently, she hosts the ABC Radio National podcast All in the Mind, and co-hosts the SBS podcast Eyes on Gilead, which won a 2019 Australian Podcast Award for Best Fancast.