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Representatives from the judging panel of the newly-established Jhalak Prize for a writer of colour talk about their experiences of judging the literature award in its first year.
Panellists: Sunny Singh (Hotel Arcadia, 2016), Yvette Edwards (The Mother, 2016), Catherine Johnson (The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, 2016).
A panel discussion about new the ways of getting stories to audiences that are emerging all around us, from crowd-funding to self-publishing and everything in between. Are some routes from writer to reader better than others?
Panellists: Wei Ming Kam (BAME in publishing), Gautam Malkani (Financial Times), Annette Brook (Royal Society of Literature), , Joelle Owusu-Sekyere (Unbound).
A panel discussion on writers' experiences of creating fiction addressing themes of violence and trauma. How and why do we tread the difficult ground when we might be accused of triggering readers, making light of suffering or sensationalism?
Panellists: Guilaine Kinouani (chair), Robyn Travis (Mama Can't Raise No Man, 2016), Olumide Popoola (When We Speak of Nothing, 2017), Nasrin Parvaz (Words And Women: Four, 2017), Stephen Thompson (No More Heroes, 2015).
This session explores writing about scientific topics, and the role of the expert in communicating these to audiences. Where do creativity and the technical meet? And are they at odds with one another?
Panellists: Shirley Wang (The Wall Street Journal),Angela Saini (Inferior, 2017), Sam Wong (New Scientist), Momtaza Mehri (Ten: Poets of the New Generation, 2017)
Authors Yvette Edwards (The Mother, 2017) and Meena Kandasamy (When I Hit You, 2017) will be reading excerpts from their latest work, emerging poet Hodan Yusuf will perform from her work in progress, and storyteller Jordan Campbell (TellUsAll) will be performing a prominent West African tale about the significance of remembrance.
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).
A panel discussion with performance poets, playwrights and screen writers exploring the process and significance of taking words to the stage.
Panellists: Be Manzini (Love In Motion, 2016), Lucy Sheen (Call The Midwife, 2017), Jay Bernard (The Red and Yellow Nothing, 2016), Nadia Latif (Homegrown, 2017), Rikki Beadle-Blair (Blackbird, 2014).
A panel discussion on the process of writing a cookbook, from finding inspiration to testing recipes and the publication process. Where does innovation meet tradition?
Panellists: Mehrunnisa Yusuf (Come Con Ella) Lopè Ariyo (Hibiscus, 2017), Zoe Adjonyoh (Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, 2017), Dina Moussawi (Recipes From Home, 2017), Omer Eltigani (Sudanese Kitchen, 2017).
A panel discussing different approaches to exploring and presenting histories of culture, food, music and community. We ask how to find these stories and what's at stake in preserving and discussing them today.
Panellists: Yasmin Gunaratnam (chair), Riaz Philips (Bellyfull, 2017), Jeffrey Boakye (Hold Tight, 2017), Louisa Adjoa Parker (Dorset's Hidden Histories, 2007)
A panel discussion exploring writing on themes of sex and erotica. We talk about changing desires, and trends in appetites, as well as sexual variation through society.
Panellists: Arifa Akbar (chair), Valisa Iskandar (Fixi), Leone Ross (Come Let Us Sing Anyway, 2017), Meena Kandasamy (When I Hit You, 2017).
Note: We're sad to announce that Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay (Panty, 2016) will not be able to participate in this panel anymore.
A panel discussion delving into the process of editing, from compiling anthologies to getting a manuscript ready for publication. We address questions on the role of the editor and their relationship to the writer.
Panellists: Margaret Busby (chair, first UK Black publishers), Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Cassava Press), Sabrina Mahfouz (The Things I Would Tell You, 2017), Bobby Nayyar (Limehouse Books), Vivek Shanbhag (Ghachar Ghochar, 2017) Rukhsana Yasmin (Commonwealth Foundation).
Grab some lunch and come listen to some of the freshest new voices on the London poetry scene:
Saturday, 22 April: Kareem Parkins-Brown & Rue Gumbochuma
Sunday 23 April: Arielle John & Jamal Mehmood
A collaborative session with the creators of a new wave of radical, activist and community print publications. We ask why there's been a resurgence in print, and the role of the physical object in a world of digital media.
Panellists: Priscilla Baffour (Creative Industries), Sharan Daliwal (Burnt Roti), Anu Henriques (Skin Deep), Liv Little (gal-dem), Sofia Niazi (OOMK)
A panel discussion bringing together journalists and commentators to discuss the political challenges of today. How can we use this moment to inspire change, assert ourselves and bring less heard groups into the conversation?
Panellists: Hussein Kesvani (VICE), Reni EddoLodge (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, 2017), Lola Okolosie (The Guardian), Stephen Bush (New Statesman), Nafeez Ahmed (VICE).
Women writers talk about their work, and about how writing by women is often marketed as writing for women. Why has the 'chick lit' label persisted? And should it be embraced or challenged?
Confirmed speakers: Samira Sawlani (Chair), Frances Mensah Williams (From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings, 2016), Ayisha Malik (Sophia Khan Is Not Obliged, 2016), Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm (Swimming with Fishes, forthcoming)
Join us to kick off this year's festival at St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, near Liverpool Street Station. Attendance is free for festival ticket-holders but you must register here on Eventbrite.
You can expect:
- Words from Courttia Newland, Kavita Bhanot and Mend Mariwany, editors of the Bare Lit Anthology
- Readings from anthology contributors: Raymond Antrobus, Selina Nwulu, Divya Ghelani
- Performances from Caleb Femi and Rishi Dastidar
- Music from BBC AZN Network's 2SHIN