Literary Natives will launch monthly events for writers of colour to discuss issues relating to writing, books, and the road to becoming a published author.
The day will include an interactive panel discussion with debut authors. We will be joined by Victoria Princewill, the author of In The Palace of Flowers, a newly-acquired historical novel. Also on the panel is Muhammad Khan, the author of the debut Young Adult (YA) novel I Am Thunder, soon to be published by Macmillan and featured on Apple iBook’s Hot List for 2018. Our third panelist is Sabeena Akhtar, the editor of a ground-breaking collection of essays entitled Cut From the Same Cloth by British Muslim women. And finally, Hanna Ali will join the panel to discuss her newly published short story collection The Story of Us.
There will also be performances and readings, and the opportunity to network with other writers of colour. Coffee and cakes will be served, and Newham Bookshop will have books on sale.
We’ve been receiving dozens of book orders by email and phone, and sending them out by post. Our special cycling volunteers are helping with local deliveries in Newham, Wanstead and Leytonstone.
Apart from many orders from our local customers, we’ve been sending signed copies of Polly Samson’s new novel A Theatre for Dreamers to fans across Europe, the USA and Australia! Your local independent bookshop is going global.
Are you locked down with children in years 5 or 6? We have four lessons for classroom or family use developed from On the Record’s oral history project centered around Newham Bookshop, Writing and Reading Newham. Click here for full details.
Michael Rosen’s poem, These Are The Hands, features in a book of poems from the heart of the NHS, which has just been published.