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