Please note this event will be held on Zoom Webinar
Admission Price: Free to attend, but places must be booked in advance
All are welcome to join City English Department for the first public event of the academic year. We're delighted to be joined by no fewer than three outstanding creative writers: Nikesh Shukla, Tes Noah Asfaw and Chika Unigwe.
Nikesh, Tes, and Chika will each speak for 10-12 minutes each, introducing the audience to their work through short readings and relating some of their experiences as creative writers. In particular, the authors will speak to issues of diversity in creative writing, from experiences of teaching through to the publishing industry. Plenty of time will be allocated for audience members to put their own questions to the panel.
This event is primarily aimed at English and Creative Writing students at City, but people from across the university and members of the public are welcome to attend.
About the Speakers
Nikesh Shukla is a writer. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was published by Quartet Books and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2011. His second novel, Meatspace, was published by The Friday Project, and has been lauded by many outlets including the New Statesman, BBC Radio 4, the Independent on Sunday, and the Daily Mail, among others. Nikesh is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrant, where 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK. The Good Immigrant won the reader's choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. He is also the co-editor of The Good Immigrant US: 26 Writers Reflect on America (2019), with Chimene Suleyman. His most recent novels are The One Who Wrote Destiny (2018), Run, Riot (2018), and The Boxer (2019), and his first memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family, and Home is forthcoming with Bluebird in early 2021.
Tes Noah Asfaw is a writer and educator with an infectious passion for literature in all of its forms. Ohio born, but with Ethiopian heritage, Tes divides his time between teaching for Villiers Park Educational Trust and lecturing in creative writing and human rights at Stanford University’s outpost in Oxford, where his Effective Writing workshops provide invaluable life skills to his students. Tes didn’t actually do English A-Level, instead studying chemistry at Imperial College London while writing in his spare time. Eventually he sold a screenplay, which enabled him to finance a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. He currently has a television drama in active development and he is completing his first novel.
Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She holds degrees from UNN, KU Leuven, Belgium, and a PhD from Leiden University, Holland. She is the author of five novels including On Black Sisters Street (2011, Jonathan Cape, 2012) and Night Dancer (Jonathan Cape, 2013) and a short story collection, Better Never Than Late (Cassava Republic Press, 2019). She has short stories and critical pieces published in Wasafiri, Agni, The New York Times, Aeon, TheGuardian, and Transition, among others. Her works have been widely translated. Her writing awards include the $100,000 NLNG Nigeria Literature award, a Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist, a BBC Short Story Award, a UNESCO award, and a 2016 Pushcart Special Mention. She was a visiting professor of writing at Brown University, Providence, RI and Emory University, Atlanta, and is currently on the MFA faculty at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA.