Crossing The Line: Writers on Brexit | Free Word

31 October 2019
19:00 - 21:00

Presented by:
Free Word and English PEN

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A discussion on writing across borders with English PEN


On 31 October, the night of the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU – with questions of home and belonging on the minds of many – join us for an inspiring discussion with English PEN and award-winning writers, exploring how we find unity and resistance in times of political uncertainty. 

Nick Revell is a comedian and writer and has written two novels, performed several solo theatre shows, and has written for TV shows including Drop the Dead Donkey, and Not the Nine O’Clock News; Will Eaves is the author of four novels and a collection of poems and was previously Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement; Kapka Kassabova is a writer, her latest book ‘Border’ won the British Academy Al-Rodhan Prize, The Saltire Book of the Year, Stanford-Dolman Book of the Year, and the Highlands Book Prize; Nadifa Mohamed is a Somali-British novelist, having featured on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list in 2013, and in 2014 on the Africa39 list of writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature.

English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, the worldwide writers’ association promoting freedom of expression and literature across borders.

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31 October 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£10 / £7 (30 & under)

Free Word and English PEN

BIOS

Nick Revell

Comedian and Writer

Nick Revell is a comedian and writer. He was nominated for the 1987 Perrier, and the Million Pound Radio Show, which he recorded with Andy Hamilton from 1985 to 1992, won Best Radio Comedy at the British Comedy Awards. He has written two novels, House of the Spirit Levels (1998) and Night of the Toxic Ostrich (2000); written for TV shows including Drop the Dead Donkey, and Not the Nine O’Clock News; performed several solo theatre shows; and co-created No Pressure to Be Funny, the topical panel show with Alistair Barrie and James O’Brien.

Will Eaves

Author

Will Eaves is the author of four novels (most recently, Murmur, CB Editions, which won the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize) and a collection of poems (Sound Houses, Carcanet, 2011). He was Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011, and teaches at Warwick University.

Kapka Kassabova

Writer

Kapka Kassabova is a writer of journeys and geographies. Her latest book of creative non-fiction, Border (Granta/ Graywolf 2017) won the British Academy Al-Rodhan Prize, The Saltire Book of the Year, Stanford-Dolman Book of the Year, and the Highlands Book Prize. Her next book is To The Lake: a Balkan journey of war and peace (Granta/ Graywolf 2020). Kapka grew up in Bulgaria, was university-educated in New Zealand, and since 2005 has lived in Scotland.

Nadifa Mohamed

Novelist

Nadifa Mohamed is a Somali-British novelist. She featured on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list in 2013, and in 2014 on the Africa39 list of writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature. She has written short stories, essays, memoirs and articles in outlets including The Guardian.

PARTNERS

ACCESS

There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.

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