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SI Leeds Literary Prize presents
SI Leeds Literary Prize Readings
Friday 14 September
IN A NUTSHELL
Critically acclaimed author Roopa Farooki introduces the shortlist of the 2016 inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize.
The SI Leeds Literary Prize is a national, biennial award for black and Asian women writers in the UK with patrons including Bonnie Greer, Monica Ali, Dreda Say Mitchell and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, this year sees the announcement of the fourth award in October at the Ilkley Literature Festival. This pre award event will be a fantastic evening of discussion and performances, featuring readings from the shortlist.
Join us for what promises to be an exciting night.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Author Sunny Singh will introduce the writers and the prize. Half of the event will feature the readings, the other half will be the discussion. The writers will read extracts from their prose pieces. After that, Sunny will moderate the Q&A element asking authors about their work, experiences as writers etc
Roopa's first novel, ‘Bitter Sweets’ was nominated for the Orange New Writers Award 2007, and was followed by ‘Corner Shop’ in 2008. Her third novel, ‘The Way Things Look To Me' was voted one of The Times Top 50 Paperbacks of 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her fourth novel, ‘Half Life’ was selected as No.2 on Entertainment Weekly’s Top Eighteen Books We Can’t Wait To Read this Summer and shortlisted for the Muslim Writers' Awards. In 2013 Roopa was awarded the John C. Laurence prize from the Authors' Foundation, in recognition of her multicultural writing. Roopa’s novels have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.
SI Leeds Literary Prize
The SI Leeds Literary Prize is a biennial prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women in the UK. The prize aims to act as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women’s voices, and a platform to discover exciting new talent from a group largely under-represented on our bookshelves. The prize works closely with a range of other established literary partners to enable increased support for our winning writers including Arvon, The Literary Consultancy, and New Writing North.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING
'The prize is a testament to the importance and manifest talent of women and a tribute to the gift of cultural, national, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The prize is important and necessary but, more than that, it is introduced to the world as an act of joy, happiness and the discovery of new work. Join us in celebration.' Bidisha, prize patron.
WHY DOES RICH MIX MATTER?
'It’s a fantastic community venue with a great, eclectic programme and reflective of the diversity in London.'
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Suitable for ages 16+
This event is free, but booking is required
Photo: Walter White
This event is wheelchair accessible.