Dazzling Debuts

Dazzling Debuts

The Book Festival has long been a champion of new writing and new writers and this year we are honoured to welcome a host of authors whose dazzling debuts are already making big waves in the literary world. These debut writers are interesting, not because of the accolades they're receiving from their peers, or because their titles are popping up on long and shortlists of some of the world’s most prestigious prizes, but because their work reflects the lives and outlooks of people that novels and novelists have often previously ignored. These writers are helping make sense of the world today: they offer new ways to understand the post-Covid landscape. Don’t miss your chance to catch them at this year’s Festival.

 

Caleb Femi: Poet of the People

Sunday 15 August 14:30 - 15:30

'Caleb Femi is a gift to us all from the storytelling gods,' says fellow writer Max Porter. Femi’s exuberant words and talent saw him named as the first Young People’s Laureate for London in 2016, following his 2015 win at the Roundhouse Poetry...
 

Warren Ellis: The Beautiful Connections of a Bad Seed

Sunday 15 August 20:30 - 21:30

2021 has been a busy year for the multi-talented Warren Ellis. The award-winning Australian musician and composer, well-known for bands The Dirty Three, Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and for a host of film scores, has released two albums...
 

Cherie Jones: Behind the Barbadian Picture Postcard

Monday 16 August 16:15 - 17:15

Barbados: the iconic location of runaway honeymoons, white sandy beaches, turquoise and diamond seawater, palm trees and cocktails. Cherie Jones tells a different tale, revealing the hidden – or rather ignored and invisible – side of this supposedly...
 

Salena Godden: Bringing Death to Life

Tuesday 17 August 16:00 - 17:00

What if Death was not a faceless skeleton with a cloak and a scythe, but a working-class Black woman who shapeshifts and who has spent the whole of eternity doing her work unseen? Worn out and exhausted, Death wishes to unburden herself of the stories...
 

Sonia Faleiro & Megha Majumdar: Outrages in India

Tuesday 17 August 19:00 - 20:00

In a village in Uttar Pradesh, North India, two teenage girls go missing and are later discovered hanging from a tree. What happened and why did they die? And why on earth do the grieving women of the village form a circle round the tree trunk to...
 

Polly Barton & Eley Williams: Words That Define Us

Thursday 19 August 10:00 - 11:00

We define words – and then they define us. Meet two authors whose delightful relationship with words and meaning comes to the foreground in their work. Eley Williams won the James Tait Black Prize for her debut short story collection Attrib., a...
 

David Peace & Chris Power: Cities That Cast Long Shadows

Thursday 19 August 13:00 - 14:00

Berlin and Tokyo: two peaceful and thriving cities… yet each haunted by the weight of history, where everything is imbued with ‘the stench of the past, the noise of the future.’ Chris Power’s clever debut novel A Lonely Man is set in Berlin...
Fans of cutting-edge fiction will not want to miss this brilliant meeting of minds. Both Patricia Lockwood and Raven Leilani have written sizzling debut novels that are being celebrated by critics, loved by readers and gaining recognition from major...
 

Oana Aristide & Courttia Newland: New World Disorder

Sunday 22 August 17:30 - 18:30

One interesting product of dystopian fiction is the new perspective it offers on the real world we are living in. That is the case in the novels discussed today. Oana Aristide’s Under the Blue was written before the pandemic hit but with uncanny...
 

Natasha Brown & Olivia Sudjic: Unravelling Lives

Monday 23 August 19:00 - 20:00

How do we manage the carefully assembled pieces of our lives, and what happens when events out of our control leave us exposed? These questions seem to haunt both Olivia Sudjic’s Asylum Road, and Natasha Brown’s Assembly. In Sudjic’s intensely...

Follow

EBulletins