Date: Thursday, January 12 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort.
This in-depth literary session focuses on contemporary England through the eyes of two brilliant young writers.
It begins with a reading by award-winning poet and performer Luke Wright. Through his electrifying verse, Luke will bring to life his stories of friendship, class ceilings and the battle for the soul of the Left.
Next, Booker Prize nominee and award winner, Sunjeev Sahota will talk about his two novels. ‘The Year of the Runaways’ is about a group of Indian migrants in Sheffield struggling to survive and desperately searching for a new life. Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, this is a generous, unforgettable novel. In ‘Ours are the Streets’, Imtiaz Raina leaves England for the first time, to bury his father on his family’s land near Lahore, exchanging his uncertain life in Sheffield for a road that leads to the mountains of Kashmir and Afghanistan. On his return, he grapples with how his journey has changed him and the devastating new sense of home he now has.
An event that promises to be lively and sharp and will leave you thinking.
“Although Wright’s sprightly verse drips with cynical disdain for Tories, outraged tabloidese and the weekend excesses of a feckless working-class, there’s a rich strain of empathy coursing through his work”. – The List.
“No recent novel does a more powerful job capturing the day-to-day lives of immigrants than The Year of the Runaways, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker prize … Mr. Sahota … has an instinctive sense of storytelling, immersing us in the dilemmas of his characters.” – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times.
Jetwing Hotels is happy to be associated with Luke Wright’s visit to the Festival. Sunjeev Sahota and Luke Wright’s travel is sponsored by Sri Lankan Airlines.