Ciaran Thapar
freelance youth worker; writer on British multiculturalism, underground music, inequality sociological evolution of UK rap and drill for Guardian, New Statesman, Prospect, Crack, FACT and Pitchfork

Ciaran Thapar is a freelance youth worker, investigative journalist and narrative non-fiction writer. He holds an MSc in political theory from London School of Economics, and he applies his interest in social justice and philosophy to writing about urban community, British multiculturalism, underground music and issues affecting disadvantaged young people across London. His writing about society and inequality has appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman and Prospect, and he has written extensively about the sociological evolution of UK rap and drill for music publications such as Crack, FACT and Pitchfork. He is planning a book which will combine memoirs with a journalistic investigation into the changing face of life in Brixton, south London.

Alongside writing, Ciaran has experience delivering transformative educational programmes in a range of contexts, including schools, community centres and prisons. He volunteers extensively in his local community as a mentor to young people, including at Marcus Lipton Community Centre in Brixton, which has featured in much of his writing to date.

Follow Ciaran on Twitter: @CiaranThapar

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