Suspenseful readings from award-winning crime writers Saeida Rouass (The Assembly of the Dead, 2018), Rosie Claverton (Binary Witness, 2018), and Dreda Say Mitchell (Blood Daughter, 2017) followed by a conversation that examines the role played by real-world places in this genre. With crime stories aligned so closely to the smallest details, to what extent do writers draw on these from reality?
Journalists and non-fiction writers explore who benefits and who loses out when free speech, hate speech and censorship are used as ideological tools.
What might free expression and censorship look like in different contexts? Speakers include Hamid Ismailov (The Devils Dance, 2018), Suman Gupta (Usurping Suicide, 2017), Winnie Li (Dark Chapter, 2017) and Maurice Mcleod (Media Diversified, The Guardian).
Grab some lunch and come listen to some of the freshest new voices on the London poetry scene!
Does fiction for young people need to play a pedagogical role? Which themes are suitable to be included? And what’s off limits? A conversation featuring young adult fiction and children's authors Rutendo Tavengerwei (Hope Is Our Only Wing, 2018), Bali Rai (The Harder They Fall, 2017), Candy Gourlay (Bone Talk, 2018).
Readings from the Stairs and Whispers anthology followed by a discussion. This session is curated by Khairani Barokka.
The grand political events in Euroamerica around the turn of the century have forever eroded Britain's illusion of an innocent past. What has the end of modernity meant for marginalised communities?
Karma Nabulsi (The Invisible History: Prevent and the Persistence of Empire, 2019), Damian Le Bas (The Stopping Places, 2018), Yomi Adegoke (Slay in your Lane, 2018) and Lainy Malkani (Sugar Sugar, 2017) reflect on the past and present, and explore how people of colour have come to navigate the end of Britain's multicultural promise.