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Autumn Prize events

Come and meet our shortlisted writers, in conversation with a range of brilliant writers, broadcasters and speakers:

Rich Mix – Friday 14 September, 7pm – 8.30pm

Join critically acclaimed author Roopa Farooki for a lively evening of readings and discussion with the SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writers. The prize is a biennial award championing the voices of black and Asian women writers in the UK with patrons including Bonnie Greer, Margaret Busby, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Bidisha. The prize continues to go from strength to strength. Come along to see some exciting new voices on the literary landscape.

Roopa Farooki

Tickets £7.50 / £5.00

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Prize Award Ceremony: Ilkley Literature Festival, Wednesday 3 October, 7.30pm – 8.45pm

Join tonight’s speaker – author, journalist and broadcaster Bidisha – and six shortlisted writers for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018 Awards ceremony. Prize Patron Bidisha will be reflecting on the possibilities for change and diversity in publishing and each finalist will give a brief taste of their work before the announcement of this national, Yorkshire-based Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women. Acclaimed alumni include Mahsuda Snaith (Things We Thought We Knew), Kit de Waal (The Trick to Time, Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 longlist) and 2016 winner Amita Murray, whose Finding Rose is published by HarperCollins in 2019.


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Tickets: £7/£5 concessions


Asian Writer’s Festival – Saturday 20 October, 4.15pm – 5.45pm – The Wesley Euston Hotel and Conference Venue, London

Words of Colour Director and broadcaster Joy Francis steers this round table discussion with the shortlist of the SI Leeds Literary Prize. This year’s judges are Sharmaine Lovegrove, Susheila Nasta, Kadija George and Winnie Li. As well as sharing their writing, the writers will be reflecting on what it means to be a woman of colour writing in the UK today and how those lived, complex experiences have impacted their work.

Joy Francis

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Tickets £7


Southbank Centre London Literature Festival – Tuesday 23 October, 7pm – 8.30pm

Publisher, editor, broadcaster and critic Ellah Wakatama Allfrey will be in conversation with the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writers. The prize is an award for unpublished fiction by black and Asian women in the UK, championing under represented voices and providing platforms which enable them to reach broader audiences. The panel will be exploring past legacies, movements and presses that helped pave the way as well as reading work in response to the discussion.

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Tickets £10

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