30 October 2018
18:30 21:00-

Presented by:
Free Word and English Pen


An intimate look at youth and womanhood with writers from Colombia, Singapore and Pakistan

How does adolescence differ from place to place? How do women writers capture desire, sex, friendship and alienation?

To discuss their craft were award-winning authors Margarita Garcia Robayo, Sharlene Teo and Sarvat Hasin, which followed an enlightening conversation on the private spaces that women carve out for themselves, examining coming of age as a young woman. Chairing the discussion was writer, activist and educator Zahra Dalilah.


Listen back to the discussion.

30 October 2018
18:30 - 21:00
£10 / £7

Free Word and English Pen


Margarita García


Margarita García Robayo is a Colombian author now based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the author of three novels, a book of autobiographical essays and several collections of short stories. Fish Soup, her first collection to appear in the UK, is a visceral exploration of what it's like to grow up as a young woman on the Carribean coast of Colombia.

Sharlene Teo


Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She has an LLB in Law from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing award. She holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. In 2016, she won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for Ponti, her first novel.

Sarvat Hasin


Sarvat Hasin was born in London and grew up in Karachi. She is the author of the novel This Wide Night (Penguin India, 2017) and the short story collection You Can’t Go Home Again (Penguin India, 2018). She is the fiction editor of the Stockholm Review.

Zahra Dalilah

Writer, Activist, Educator

Zahra Dalilah is a black feminist writer, activist and educator from London. She is involved in social justice education and the land and food movement.