On Thursday 6th September, Sharlene Teo (Ponti
) and S. K. Perry (Let Me Be Like Water
) will discuss their debut novels and the process of writing fiction about loss and grieving and much more.
Sharlene Teo is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers Award for Ponti. She was awarded the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship to complete a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she won the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Award. She is a 2014 Sozopol Fiction Fellow, a 2017 University of Iowa International Writing Fellow and was shortlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize and the 2018 Hearst Big Book Award.
2003. Singapore. Friendless and fatherless, sixteen-year-old Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress and now a hack medium performing seances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued Circe, they develop an intense friendship which offers Szu an escape from her mother's alarming solitariness, and Circe a step closer to the fascinating, unknowable Amisa.
'Remarkable . . . her characters glow with life and humour' - Ian McEwan.
S. K. Perry was shortlisted for the Mslexia Award and long-listed for London's Young Poet Laureate, and was a resident artist at the Roundhouse in Camden and a Cityread Young Writer in Residence. She runs creative writing projects that develop emotional literacy, and explore mental health, memory, and healing from violence. She helped to set up the Great Men project, which trains men to talk to teenage boys about gender equality and healthy relationships in school workshops. She lives in Brixton, London.
Let Me Be Like Water is her debut novel. A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book simultaneously about nothing and everything: about the humdrum yet extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.
'A beautiful reflection on love, grief and friendship. Witty and profound.' - Fiona Mozley.
Ticket price includes a glass of wine.