Prof. Elleke Boehmer and Dr Erica Lombard consider how our reading experiences are shaped by various factors, from publishers’ decisions about book covers to the text itself.
Writers Selma Dabbagh and Courttia Newland read from their work, and discuss why they write, who they write for, their imagined audiences, and how their writing relates to their identities.
M. NourbeSe Philip reads from She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1988) and Zong! (2008) as she describes her poetic development. […]
Editors Prof. Susheila Nasta and Prof. Mark Stein speak about the genesis of their new Cambridge History project. Contributor Dr Gail Low discusses the networks and institutions of Caribbean-British writing, Dr Henghameh Saroukhani considers the literary importance of Linton Kwesi Johnson’s dub poetry, and Dr Florian Stadtler looks at recent Asian-British cinema.
Kamila Shamsie reads from her 2014 novel A God in Every Stone, and discusses it with Prof. Elleke Boehmer and the audience. She speaks about the inspiration for the novel, who she writes for, and how she transforms historical facts into compelling narrative.
Daljit Nagra reads from and discusses his celebrated debut collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! (2007). In conversation with Dr Rachael Gilmour and the audience, he speaks about how and why he writes his poetry, and the readers for whom he writes.
Nadifa Mohamed reads from and discusses her debut novel, Black Mamba Boy (2010), based on her father’s travels across the Horn of Africa before settling in Britain. In discussion with Dr Kate Wallis, she talks about the process of writing the novel, and how it has been read and received in Britain and elsewhere.
Aminatta Forna gives a reading from her award-winning novel, The Memory of Love (2010), and discusses it with Prof. Ankhi Mukherjee. She talks about the psychology of war and healing after conflict, and about love, betrayal and complicity.
In conversation with Dr Zoe Norridge and Marsha Hutchinson, Bernardine Evaristo reads from and discusses her remarkable verse novel, The Emperor’s Babe (2001), which tells the story of a African girl growing up in Roman London in 211 AD.