When I met Liz, the organiser of Stoke Newington Literary Festival, for a coffee several months ago to discuss the possibility of a PP event, we ended up having a good old chinwag about everyone we knew in common. But we did manage to talk a bit of business and decided that the emphasis of the event should be on the best new writing and great literary performers… and I think the evening promises to deliver just that.Having Miguel Syjuco and Tash Aw ‘in conversation’ is tremendously exciting, not just because it brings two amazingly talented authors together for a chat in the heart of N16, but also because both writers have their roots in Southeast Asia – Miguel in the Philippines, Tash in Malaysia. Whilst they live in the west, their fiction is concerned with the culture, myths and unsettled history of their nations. Miguel’s debut novel, Ilustrado, is published by Picador on the day of the event (it won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008 when it was still in manuscript form), and Tash, a Whitbread First Novel award-winner amongst other honours, will be reading from his second novel, Map of the Invisible World.
Then after a short break, the brilliant Dockers MC will be doing a turn, as will poets Tim Wells and Melissa Mann, and author (and former model) Gavin James Bower, and we’ll be selling copies of the latest issue, PP15, featuring Diana Athill, Helen Oyeyemi, Shrabani Basu, Ross Sutherland, John Osborne, & Naomie Harris.
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Hope to see you at the festival!
Editor of Pen Pusher Magazine