Derek Owusu - Kick Start Your Writing
Lisa Allen-Agostini - In Conversation
Chantal Miller - Chair
Pemi Aguda - Chair

Tottenham Literature Festival | VIRTUAL PROGRAMME

14 - 20 November

Join us at #TLF22 wherever you are, through our virtual programme of talks and masterclass.
See the full programme below.

Masterclass – Fiction: Kick-start Your Writing

Monday 14 November | 10:00 – 13:00 | Zoom
Tickets: £17.50 / £35

Are you looking for the perfect inspiration to kick start your writing career? Join us for three hours of inspiring online tuition led by award winning Tottenham author Derek Owusu, in partnership with creative writing experts The Arvon Foundation. You’ll receive expert advice, techniques and creative prompts. Three hours that will bring your words to life. Whether it’s a new piece of writing or something you’ve put to the side for some time, this is a space to really nurture your writing and confidence, no matter where you are on your writing journey. In partnership with Arvon at Home. 

Structure of the masterclass: The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last three hours (10:00 – 13:00) including a break and time for you to write. You will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. This is a live event, which will not be recorded.

Additional info: There are limited bursary spaces for Black British writers, especially based in Tottenham and Haringey London boroughs who will also receive a free copy of Derek Owusu’s new novel Losing the Plot. To apply for the bursary click here. Deadline Monday 7 November 12:00 GMT.

There will be live closed captions during the masterclass, however if you require BSL interpretation, please indicate this when purchasing your ticket.

About Derek Owusu: Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from North London. In 2016 he joined the multi-award-winning literature podcast Mostly Lit. He also produced the well-received This Is Spoke podcast for Penguin Random House and Freemantle Media. His essay on Black men and insecurities was the second-most-read article on Media Diversified in 2018, and his essay on language was picked up by BBC Newsnight to be turned into a short documentary. In 2019 Derek collated, edited and contributed to Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. His debut novel, That Reminds Me, won the Desmond Elliott Prize.

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Lisa Allen-Agostini and Yvonne Bailey-Smith in conversation
On-demand viewing during festival week | YouTube
Tickets from £4 (Pay What You Can)

Join Lisa Allen-Agostini, author of The Bread and the Devil Knead (Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlisted) and Yvonne Bailey-Smith (mother of novelist Zadie Smith), discussing her debut novel The Day I Fell Off My Island (longlisted for the Diverse Books Award), as they discuss their writing careers and Caribbean influences in their work with Chantal Miller (Island Girls Rock Podcast) In partnership with Myriad Editions. This conversation will be captioned.

About The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini:
Alethea Lopez is about to turn 40. Fashionable, feisty and fiercely independent, she manages a boutique in Port of Spain, but behind closed doors she’s covering up bruises from her abusive partner and seeking solace in an affair with her boss. When she witnesses a woman murdered by a jealous lover, the reality of her own future comes a little too close to home. Bringing us her truth in an arresting, unsparing Trinidadian voice, Alethea unravels memories repressed since childhood and begins to understand the person she has become. Her next step is to decide the woman she wants to be.

About The Day I Fell Off My Island by Yvonne Bailey-Smith:
Jamaica, 1968: Erna Mullings’ life is near perfect, living in a remote village with her beloved grandparents. That is, until the day her three younger siblings are torn from the family home and taken to London to live with their biological father. Now, the world that Erna knows is set to change irrevocably. A compelling coming-of-age novel based on the author’s own experiences, The Day I Fell Off My Island is engrossing, courageous and psychologically insightful. Uniquely it bears witness to Erna’s life in Jamaica as well as her new life in London.

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