Jasbinder Bilan & Efua Traoré: Stories of Magic and Mythology

Two prize-winning authors immerse you in the mystical worlds of their new novels. From Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Costa Award-winning Asha and the Spirit Bird and Tamarind and the Star of Ishta, comes a thrilling new adventure, Aarti and the Blue Gods. This mesmerising third novel is an atmospheric, magical story with a stunning twist. Joining Jasbinder, Efua Traoré, an incredible new voice in children’s writing and winner of the 2019 Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition introduces Children of the Quicksands, a richly imagined magical realist adventure set in Nigeria. Whilst each book is breathtakingly unique, both weave themes of mythology, friendship and faith together seamlessly. Join Jasbinder and Efua as they talk to poet and writer Nadine Aisha Jassat about how they created these worlds and meet some of the wonderful characters who live within them.

This event was filmed live at the 2021 Edinburgh International Book Festival. The authors took part remotely while the interviewer was on stage in the venue.

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