Wednesday 28th July at 6pm – ONLINE EVENT

Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City, presents an online author event in support of the Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour. A judge on the prize, Hare will give a reading from the novel and a Q&A about her writing, her research and engagement with the Windrush story, and the Morley Prize itself.

This Lovely City is a soaring debut set in London in the aftermath of the Second World War, which charts the course of a jazz musician newly arrived in London on the Empire Windrush, and the opportunity, excitement, prejudice and love he finds in the dizzying metropolis.

The Morley Prize is an opportunity to recognise talented undiscovered writers of colour running through the summer of 2021, a partnership between Morley College in London and the RML agency.

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Grays Library, Orsett Road Grays, Thurrock, RM17 5DX
£5 – £7

Observer Top 10 Debut Novelist 2020, Louise Hare, will be discussing her debut novel This Lovely City, a poignant, conversation-starting story set around Brixton’s Windrush community in London in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Beautiful and soaring, this heart-breaking yet hopeful debut explores themes of race, poverty and community.

18th September – 2pm – Gateshead Central Library – Tickets from £3

Join Louise Hare as she tells us about her debut novel, This Lovely City. It’s an atmospheric and compelling story about jazz musician, Lawrie Matthews. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, he’s taken a room in South London lodgings and has fallen in love with the girl next door. Touring Soho’s jazz clubs at night and pacing the streets as a postman during the day, Lawrie has poured his heart into his new home. Then, one morning, he makes a terrible discovery and the local community begins to point the finger of blame at the new arrivals. However, while Louise shows that there are always suspicions surrounding new arrivals in a community, there is always hope too.

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