Location: Free Word Lecture Theatre, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
Speaker: Bidisha, Nadifa Mohamed, Malika Booker, Maurice Wren (Chair)
Information: Tickets £5.00/£3.00
Anti-immigration rhetoric is on the rise throughout Europe – but what are the untold stories of the people behind the headlines?
Inspired by a residency with English PEN and outreach work with refugees and asylum seekers since 2012, Bidisha goes behind the stereotypes and scare stories in her new publication Asylum and Exile: The Hidden Voices of London to reveal the humanity, tragedy and bravery – and frequently the humour – of the individuals who have left everything behind to seek sanctuary from violence.
Bidisha gives space to their testimonies, which are by turns shocking, moving and hilarious.
Join Bidisha, author Nadifa Mohamed (Black Mamba Boy, The Orchard of Lost Souls) and writer and performance poet Malika Booker for an evening of readings, storytelling and debate.
The event will be chaired by Maurice Wren, CEO of Refugee Council.
Location: Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD
Speaker: Andrew O'Hagan, Edna O’Brien, Ted Hughes, Kate Tempest and Kamila Shamsie.
Information: Tickets £10.00
Faber Social & The Royal Society of Literature present a special event to celebrate the much-anticipated publication of The Illuminations by award winning author and journalist, Andrew O’Hagan.
Entitled Goodbye To All That: Reflections on War from The Somme to Afghanistan, the event brings together a truly incredible line-up offering different perspectives on war.
Joining Andrew will be the doyenne of Irish literature, Edna O’Brien, Ted Hughes award-winning and Mercury Music Prize nominated poet, spoken word artist and playwright, Kate Tempest and novelist and journalist, Kamila Shamsie.
Margot from Bleep will be playing a fitting soundtrack to the evening.
This is sure to be thought provoking and memorable evening.
Location: King's Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.
Speaker: A host of Literary speakers
Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7520 1440.
'Welcome to Jewish Book Week 2015: another stunning array of speakers, up-to-the-minute books, smouldering discussions and sizzling entertainment. We hope you agree. This year’s challenge was to fit everything in to 9 days. We could have doubled our 70 events, lasted for 3 weeks and still not presented everything we wished to.
Many top writers and journalists from Britain, Europe, the Middle East and the US are speaking at the festival and our themes will become obvious to you as you scroll through the events: art and music; big ideas; the end of WW2; Israel and the Middle East; New York culture. I could go on, but I’ll leave you to find out for yourselves.
Come early on Sundays and stay for the day. Leave work in good time for the evening sessions. Take advantage of the discount scheme. In fact, bring your sleeping bags... Look forward to seeing you at the festival.'
Lucy Silver (Festival Chair) and all at Jewish Book Week
Location: 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Speaker: Kirsty Gunn, Deborah Levy
Information: Tickets £10.00
Short stories don't have to be like short stories. They can be experiences, visitations, slices of events or part revelations of a truth or a lie.
Kirsty Gunn and Deborah Levy will discuss how they go about making up their own short fiction and the influence of modernism in their recent collections Infidelities and Black Vodka.
Kirsty Gunn is a writer. Her work includes novels, short stories and a collection of fragments and meditations. A regular contributor to a range of international newspapers and magazines, she is also Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, where she established and directs the writing programme.
Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised books including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl.
Her novel, Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, and the title story of her most recent work of fiction, Black Vodka: ten stories was shortlisted for the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award. Her essay Things I Don't Want To Know was published in hardback by Notting Hill Editions in 2013.
Location: King's Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. Hall two
Speaker: Michael Ignatieff and Phillip Lopate
Information: Online Price: £9.50* / Multi-Event Discounts Available
Michael Ignatieff and Phillip Lopate celebrate the essay, the sine qua non of Notting Hill Editions. Cultural beacon Michael Ignatieff, who won the first NHE biennial award for his essay on Raphael Lemkin, is the ideal person to attest why this literary miniature is a form worth revitalising. Phillip Lopate, essayist and Columbia University professor of writing, launches Portrait Inside My Head, his new collection on parenthood, marriage, sex and friendship.