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In Conversation: S.K. Perry | Michael Donkor | Irenosen Okojie
22nd November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm£5
Let Me Be Like Water is SK Perry’s debut novel, published this year in the UK & US by Melville House. As well as writing, she has variously been a campaigner, a nanny, a call centre fundraiser, a gender and equalities consultant, and an educator. Sarah is currently undertaking a PhD in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where alongside writing a new novel, she is studying depictions of sex in contemporary literary fiction.
Michael Donkor was born in London, to Ghanaian parents, in 1985. He studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, undertook a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and now teaches English Literature to secondary school students. His writing won him a place on the Writers’ Centre Norwich Inspires Scheme in 2014, where he received a year’s mentoring from Daniel Hahn. The Observer named him as one of 2018’s best debut authors for his first novel Hold (4th Estate).
Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer,The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally including Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2017, Kwani? and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular , published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She was recently inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature as one of the Fourty Under Fourty initiative.