Hillingdon Literary Festival
Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October 2019
The Hillingdon Literary Festival is a free weekend of literary festivities hosted by Brunel University London. Now in its fifth year, we continue to offer a plethora of literary events from internationally renowned authors; creative writing workshops; lively debates; industry masterclasses; arts performances; a local creative writing anthology, and so much more!
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Friday 4th October
An Evening with Ben Okri
7PM to 9PM
7pm – Drinks Reception and Student Poetry Showcase
8pm – Ben Okri in conversation with Daljit Nagra
Booker Prize winning author, poet and playwright Ben Okri will be discussing his new novel The Freedom Artist and answering audience questions over the course of the evening. Ben will be in conversation with Daljit Nagra, Poet-in-Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra.
Saturday 5th October
1pm – Journeys of the Self – Deirdre Shanahan & Matt Wilven
1pm – Tales From An Old Hack – Barbara Fisher
2pm – Neglected Voices Workshop – Emma Filtness & Katie Flanagan
2pm – Writing Historical Fiction [workshop] – Sally O’Reilly
3.30pm – Exploring the Edges of the Universe : Where Sci-Fi Can Take You – F.D. Lee, Kirsten Irving, Andrew Wallace, Suzie Gray
4pm – Wish You Were Here [workshop] – Amanda Barnsley White
5pm – Small Presses and Big Ideas – Peter Holland, Shiromi Pinto, Mark Safranko
6pm – Fragmentary Lives [Book Launch] – Philip Tew
6pm – Bronte Beat – Project Adorno
Sunday 6th October
1pm – West London and Black History [workshop] – Akuba, WAPPY Director
2pm – The Secrets of Ordinary People – Diana Evans & Dorothy Koomson
Award winning novelists Diana Evans (author of Ordinary People, The Wonder and 26A) and Dorothy Koomson (author of 14 novels including Tell Me Your Secret, My Bestfriend’s Girl and Marshmallows for Breakfast) take to the HiLF stage to discuss their novels.
3.30pm – Unlocking the Secrets of Slavery and Abolition in Uxbridge – Inge Dornan and Holly Maples
3.30pm – Approaching New Worlds – Temi Oh & Reni Amayo with Onwe Press
We explore the Sci-fi and Fantasy genre with the debut novels from Temi Oh (Author of Do You Dream of Terra-Two?) and Reni Amayo (Author of Daughters of Nri) hosted by Onwe Press’ Mariam Jimoh.
5pm – WE ARE HERE – Local Anthology Publication Party
Join us for the grand finale of the festival and the annoucement of this year’s anthology party in a special celebration of the talented and diverse voices of our talented Borough.
All queries and submissions can be sent to LiteraryFestival@brunel.ac.uk
Room 221, Quad North,
Brunel University London
Festival Director – Professor Philip Tew
Festival Producer – Seb Jenner
Festival Administrator – Ada Kalu
Communications and Publicity : Chloe-Anne Cortes Dellipiani and Dan Parkins