12.00pm HISTORICAL PANEL – “Forgotten Voices”

Louise Fein (People Like Us) RNA Historical Novel of the Year shortlist

Polly Crosby (The Illustrated Child)

Frances Quinn (The Smallest Man)

Louise Hare (This Lovely City) RSL Ondaatje Prize 2021 shortlist

Nikki Marmery (On Wilder Seas)


This festival is on from 10am until 7pm with over 16 authors in attendance. Do check out the full programme on the link!


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.

Worlds after Windrush – with Yvonne Bailey-Smith, Leone Ross, Louise Hare

Themes of immigration, new possibilities and unexpected challenges connect the work of the three authors taking part in our digital panel discussion on Worlds After Windrush.

Yvonne Bailey-Smith’s The Day I Fell Off My Island introduces us to a young Jamaican girl forced to leave her life behind and start anew in London; This One Sky sees Leone Ross tell a story of love and loss in a fictional Caribbean archipelago, while Louise Hare’s bittersweet This Lovely City invites us to witness a community turning on a once-loved Windrush musician after an unexpected incident.

While each takes a different narrative route, a spirit of world-building, society and Windrush experience runs throughout all three. Hear Bailey-Smith, Ross and Hare engage in a rich exchange during this digital event.

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