21/11 Read at your own risk: Diverse Voices
The best writing helps us to understand lives completely different from our own. But should readers take more responsibility to explore diverse voices?
Novelists Sanjida Kay and Tanya Atapattu will discuss the diverse voices that feature in their writing and readers' responsibility to explore such voices.
We'll ask whether they feel a responsibility to speak for communities greatly under-represented in English literature. And we'll question if the success of writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Colson Whitehead and Zadie Smith can open doors, both for new writers and public discourse.
Day: Thursday 21st November
Venue: Max Minerva's, 39 North View, BS6 7PY
Tickets: £3 (redeemable on purchase of a book)
About the authors
Sanjida Kay is a writer, broadcaster with a PhD on Chimpanzees and 11 published - both fiction and non-fiction. She’s won awards for romantic fiction, crime fiction, and science and wildlife writing. Her latest book, One Year Later, is a thriller about the family secrets that just won’t stay buried.
Tanya Atapattu is a writer and a doctor. Having worked in general medicine, Tanya now specialises in psychiatry, yet still finds time to be nominated for the Mslexia Novel Competition and Bath Novel Award. Set in Bristol and Sri Lanka, Tanya’s debut novel, Things my mother told me, is a warm, moving and funny story about love, loss, family, cultural divides and the voices we hear in our heads.