A panel discussing how fiction can use fantastical elements to talk about the real world. We'll be exploring how the authors create these elements for their work, and also how they envisage their readers translating the fantastical back into their own realities.
Panellists: Inua Ellams (#Afterhours, 2017; chair), Irenosen Okojie (Speak Gigantular, 2016), Ali Bader (Iraq +100, 2016), Irfan Master (Out Of Heart, 2017).
Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He has published three pamphlets of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ and 'The Wire-Headed Heathen'. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ (a one-man show which he performed) was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his third, ‘Black T-Shirt Collection’ ran at England’s National Theatre.
Ali Bader is an Iraqi novelist, poet, critic, regarded as the most significant writer to emerge in Arabic world, in the last decade. author of thirteen works of fiction, and several works of non-fiction. His best-known works included Papa Sartre, The tobacco keeper, The Running after the Wolves, and The sinful woman, many of which have won awards. His novels are quite unlike any other fictions in Arabic world of our day, it had blended with character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, and explicit language. Bader was born in Baghdad, where he studied western Philosophy and French Literature.
Irfan Master is the author of, A Beautiful Lie, which was published by Bloomsbury and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and Branford Boase Award for debut authors. Recently he has been published in an anthology of original and diverse stories, Lost and Found on the theme of home by Leicestershire writers (Dhalia Publishing, 2016), a story for a graphic novel anthology, This Side, That Side about Partition (Yoda Press), a radio play, For the Love of Something commissioned by Leicester University and a short story, Once Upon a Time for Booktrust that was adapted into a touring show, aimed at Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Somali families; the tour visited prisons, libraries and community centres to encourage and celebrate storytelling.