In THE LIVING DAYS, her masterful dissection of racism and the queasy nature of desire muddled with power, Ananda Devi paints an unforgettable portrait of London at its most bewitching, and most dangerous. This event will draw on Nisha Ramayya's exploration of fluid identity/ies, in resonance with Ananda's work, in order to spark a dialogue between an up-and-coming UK-based artist of dual cultural identity and an established Francophone writer who is herself from an island noted for its confluence of ethnic, cultural and linguistic identities, and who currently exists in the Anglophone literary landscape as a marginal voice.
Ananda Devi was born in Mauritius in 1957, and currently lives in France. She has published thirteen novels as well as short stories and poetry, and has won several literary awards, including the Académie française’s Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises. She is the author of Eve out of Her Ruins (2018), published by Les Fugitives & CB editions in 2016.
Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love is published by Ignota Books (2019). She is a member of the ‘Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK’ research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.Find out more »
When reporting on disempowered women, murder cases and other cultures, how can journalists honour the victims and tell the whole story? Join BBC reporter and author of Red River Girl, Joanna Jolly with journalist, crime writer, and director of Killer Women, Mel McGrath for this conversation on empowering victims. We will be tackling the dark heart of Canada and its missing and murdered Indigenous women, finding ways to confront police investigations, legal trials and make the world take notice.Find out more »
Join us on February 5th when Maya Goodfellow discusses her new book, HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT, with Minnie Rahman.Find out more »
Join us as we welcome Kiley Reid - ‘A literary star’ (The Times), ‘A virtuoso talent’ (Guardian) – in conversation with the Costa Debut Novel of the Year award-winning Sara Collins.
Kiley Reid’s debut, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling novel, SUCH A FUN AGE has been described variously as ‘Caustically funny’ (Guardian), ‘A joy’ (The Times) and ‘Piercing and satirical’ (Stylist) while The Sunday Times proclaimed it ‘will fire off a million debates about working, motherhood and race’. Picked by Reese Witherspoon for her January Book Club, the film rights for Such A Fun Age have already been snapped up by Emmy award-winning Lena Waithe.
Join us for a discussion of sex positivity with two authors working within different spheres of non-fiction, psychologist Dr Kelly Neff and journalist Lucy Fry.Find out more »
We are delighted to welcome Samra Habib to discuss her memoir, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, with Zeba Talkhani.
A memoir of hope, faith and love, Samra Habib’s story starts with growing up as part of a threatened minority sect in Pakistan, and follows her arrival in Canada as a refugee, before escaping an arranged marriage at sixteen. When she realised she was queer, it was yet another way she felt like an outsider.
So begins a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. It shows how Muslims can embrace queer sexuality, and families can embrace change. A triumphant story of forgiveness and freedom, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt alone and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.Find out more »