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Marie-Claire Amuah and Onyi Nwabineli – Brixton Library

Introducing new novels set in London from two young writers.

Ghanian-British barrister Marie-Claire Amuah’s ‘brave, unforgettable’ One for Sorrow, Two for Joy (August, Oneworld) offers a sensitive portrayal of the ripple effects of domestic violence, and a defiant story of friendship and resilience in the story of Stella, an utterly unique heroine who you’ll find yourself rooting for from page one.

Nigerian-British writer Onyi Nwabineli has written a wise, funny novel about a young woman’s experience of grief and recovery in Someday Maybe (October, Magpie) an unconventional love story, bursting with rage and unexpected joy.

 

Join them both at Brixton Library for a night discussing their novels, the path to publication and much more.

Frank Paul – Cambridge Literary Festival

Grab a drink and let’s get quizzing!

Join us for an evening of top-quality Christmas fun with Frank Paul, quizmaster extraordinaire.

From conundrums told entirely in Seussian verse to Die Hard inspired riddles, this quiz, coinciding with the launch of Frank’s festive book The Twelve Quizzes of Christmas, will provide some light-hearted and potentially competitive entertainment. 

‘Frank Paul is an extremely impressive chap and a dazzling quizzer.’ – Victoria Coren Mitchell, presenter of Only Connect.

 

Tables will be arranged in groups of 10, you will be allocated seats, there will be a seat plan upon arrival.

Kirsty Loehr – National Archives (ONLINE event)

A Short History of Queer Women: In conversation with Kirsty Loehr

Join author Kirsty Loehr in conversation about her new book, A Short History of Queer Women.

We’ve read Jane Eyre, but what about the five hundred love letters Charlotte Brontë and Ellen Nussey exchanged? Or how Córdoban princess Wallada bint al-Mustakfi stitched tales of her sexual exploits with both men and women onto her tunic? Or the Ladies of Llangollen who would have Anne Lister over for tea? This fresh narrative reinserts queer women back into the historical record.

Join author Kirsty Loehr in conversation about her new book, A Short History of Queer Women. From Anne Bonny and Mary Read who sailed the seas together disguised as pirates, to US football captain Megan Rapinoe, A Short History of Queer Women sets the record straight on women who have loved other women through the ages.

Kirsty Loehr is a writer and English teacher. She has a master’s degree in transnational creative writing and loves football, history and humour – but not necessarily in that order.

This In Conversation event will be followed by a live audience Q&A.

What’s Online is a series of talks, in conversation events and webinars delivered by our experts and special guests. Events last approximately one hour, including an audience Q&A.

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Sam McAlister – Wimbledon Book Fest

Sam McAlister: Scoops

Revealing the Story Behind the Interviews

Sam McAlister, the woman who brought Prince Andrew’s infamous 2019 interview to our screens, sheds light on some of the most unforgettable journalism of our times.

The former Newsnight producer is responsible for many of BBC’s most exclusive interviews over the past decade, including the likes of Stormy Daniels, Sean Spicer, and Julian Assange. She will reflect on how the best news gets made and the changing states of the BBC and ‘mainstream media’ in the age of clickbait as well as considering the role of power and privilege in shaping our media landscape. Her recent publication Scoops is currently being adapted for film. Sam will be in conversation with Ellen Halliday, Deputy Editor of Prospect magazine.

‘The words he said in that Newsnight interview… may come to be the only testimony we have.’ Emily Maitlis

‘Get into BookFest’ tickets available at £10 for 19s and under.

This event is sponsored by Prospect.

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Okwiri Oduor – James Currey Literary Festival, Oxford

Daughters of Africa: Who is Publishing African Voices? And What Are Africans Writing?

Moderator: Emma Shercliff

Panelists:
Dr. Margaret Busby
Alexandra Pringle
Okwiri Oduor
Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo
Lizzy Attree
Dr. Pinkie Megkwe

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – International Lit Fest, Berlin

This coming-of-age novel, which won the Jhalak Prize, is a feminist interpretation of Ugandan fairy tales. It tells of a girl growing up with her grandparents, whose painful search for her mother is linked to the process of growing up and discovering her own femininity. »It is a novel that derives its energy from its considerable wit and the charm of its central character« [The Guardian].

Iain Sinclair – Electric Palace, Hastings

DIRECTOR: GRANT GEE
INCLUDES Q&A

A creative collaboration with Ashéninka producer Gregorio Santos Perez and English writer Iain Sinclair, the film follows their ancestors’ footsteps to the Peruvian jungle. Their journeys flip between continents and centuries as the narrative is wrested by the Asheninka people, to produce an original mediation — part documentary, part fiction — on fate, family and the search for Eldorado.

Natalia García Freire – Edinburgh Festival

Natalia García Freire & Silje Ulstein: Creepy Crawlies

Send shivers up your spine with two delightfully dark novels from Ecuador and Norway. In Natalia García Freire’s This World Does Not Belong to Us, an insect-obsessed man seeking revenge on those who usurped his childhood home knows who will swarm to his aid. Silje Ulstein’s Reptile Memoirs introduces a woman whose intense relationship with a pet python provides a clue in a missing child case 13 years later. Chaired by Harry Josephine Giles.

Natalia García Freire is appearing remotely.

Saima Mir – Edinburgh Festival

Maylis De Kerangal & Saima Mir: Fleeing and Returning

Maylis de Kerangal’s Eastbound tells the story of a Russian conscript looking for escape on the Trans-Siberian railway and finding a French woman who might offer it. The Khan, Saima Mir’s debut, follows a British-Asian lawyer as she returns to her northern hometown after her father’s murder, which has left a crime syndicate in disarray. Where are we safe? This is the question asked by both writers in this entertaining event.

A C Grayling – Byron Writers Festival

For the Good of the World – A C Grayling

A. C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Founder and Principal of New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of Humanists UK, Patron of the Defence Humanists, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying. His latest book is For the Good of the World.

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