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Meena Kandasamy, University of Liverpool Writer in Residence, and The White Review Northern Launch

  • Fri, 04 May 2018
  • 7.00 PM - 9.00 PM
  • Tickets: £5/£4

In collaboration with the visual/literary arts and culture journal The White Review, the University of Liverpool's Centre for New and International Writing hosts an internationally renowned writer for one week every year. This year's Writer in Residence, Meena Kandasamy, will read from her latest novel When I Hit You: Or, Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife (Atlantic). 

There will be a Q&A and discussion with author Preti Taneja, academic Prof Sandeep Parmar and an introduction to The White Review from contributing editor Lauren Elkin.

Meena Kandasamy is a feminist poet, author and translator. Her debut collection of poems, Touch, was themed around caste and untouchability, and her second, Ms Militancy, was an explosive, feminist retelling/reclaiming of Tamil and Hindu myths. Her critically acclaimed first (anti)novel, The Gypsy Goddess, smudged the line between powerful fiction and fearsome critique in narrating the 1968 massacre of forty-four landless untouchable men, women and children striking for higher wages in the village of Kilvenmani, Tanjore in southern India.

Her latest auto-fictional novel, When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife, draws upon her own experience within an abusive marriage, to lift the veil on the silence that surrounds domestic violence and marital rape. It was listed as one of the best books of 2017 by the Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times. She has been shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, the Hindu Literature Prize and longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Dylan Thomas International Prize. Her essays have appeared in Al Jazeera, Financial Times, Newsweek Middle-East and elsewhere. 

Preti Taneja's debut novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG (Galley Beggar Press) is a fierce and poetic translation of Shakespeare’s King Lear into contemporary India. In 2018 it has been longlisted for the Jhalak Prize, the Folio Prize and the Desmond Elliot Prize for best first novel, and shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Preti was born in the UK and after a decade working for charities and international NGOs, now writes and teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and at the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at Warwick University. Preti is also the co-founder of advocacy collective ERA Films, and of Visual Verse, the anthology of art and words.

















As part of this event, each ticket holder will receive one cocktail made by FoodSketz and can choose from the following options:

1) White Asparagus Tonic

ALCOHOL-FREE: White Asparagus, Foraged Herb Water (similar to Rosewater) & Tonic 

ALCOHOL: White Asparagus Vodka & Tonic

2) Foraged Gorse Flower & Coconut Ice Cream Float

ALCOHOL-FREE:  - Gorse iced Tea concentrate, Soda, Vegan Coconut Ice Cream

ALCOHOL: Gorse White Rum, Soda, Vegan Coconut Ice Cream

Images courtesy of Meena Kandasamy and Preti Taneja. 

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