BLF 2018 - guest-curated by Sathnam Sanghera

Friday 5 Oct 2018

The West Midlands tends to get forgotten in discussions of regional literature. Maybe, because it takes in parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire, the Black Country and Leicestershire, it can feel more formless than Scotland or The North or Wales or The South. But having set two books – my memoir The Boy With the Topknot and my novel Marriage Material – in my home town of Wolverhampton, I do think there is certain way of thinking and writing when you are neither from the North or the South, and when you live in an English urban, multicultural setting which is not London. Moreover, some of the greatest names in literary history, from Shakespeare to W.H. Auden to JRR Tolkien, came from here. I couldn’t, unfortunately, persuade these particular writers to make this year’s Birmingham Literary Festival, but I drew up a dream list of living authors with direct links to the region, emotionally blackmailed them individually, and am delighted that most agreed to come. I look forward to personally introducing Caitlin Moran, Nigel Slater, Jonathan Coe and many others. Booking open now.. Sathnam Sanghera

  

Creative Conversations

Birmingham Hippodrome, Monday 17 Sep 2018, Midday

The journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera will present Creative Conversations at the Birmingham Hippodrome. In association with West Midlands Growth Company, Creative Conversations explore the role of the creative industries in urban place-making, regeneration, education and employment. Enjoy high-quality discourse as we probe into the impact of the creative industries on our region’s economy and beyond. Creative Conversations is also a chance to network with some of the most well-known names in the city from across the sectors. Tickets are £49.50pp to include welcome drink, light two-course seated lunch with wine. Places are strictly limited.

 

  

The Festival of Thetford and the Punjab

Thetford Library, Friday 13 Jul 2018, 19:30-20:30

The Festival of Thetford and the Punjab will also explore the under-appreciated links between the town and the heart of the Sikh community. Organised by the Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP), it will mark the 125th anniversary of the death of the Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last king of the Punjab. Speakers include, journalist and author of The Boy with the Top Knot, Sathnam Sanghera; Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha.

  

Cotswold Edge Literary Festival

Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church, Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 7pm to 9pm

Sathnam Sanghera is perhaps best known for his best selling memoir, The Boy With The Top Knot, an account of growing up as the son of Punjabi parents in Wolverhampton. It was recently made into a BBC film. Sathnam has also written the critically acclaimed Marriage Material, and you can find his writing more regularly in The Times newspaper. 7pm to 9pm (Doors open 6.30pm) Tickets £10.50

  

The Creative People and Places Conference

Wolverhampton, Thursday 14 Jun 2018

People Place Power is a two-day conference by Creative People and Places to provoke, challenge and move forward inclusive approaches to arts engagement. It will unpick the themes of power, collaboration, ownership, relevance and place through a series of rich conversations, with an emphasis on learning and practice. Hosted by CPP project Creative Black Country, the conference will bring together leading voices from within and beyond the arts sector, as well as participants, artists and Creative People and Places teams. Compered by performance artist Talia Randall confirmed speakers include Sathnam Sanghera, the author of Marriage Material and The Boy with the TopKnot.

  

Tree of Knowledge

Eden Primary School, Wednesday 6 Jun 2018, 8pm

Hugo Rifkind is a leader writer for The Times, where he also writes columns, features, reviews and satire. He is also a contributing editor for GQ. As a broadcaster, he is a regular panellist on the BBC and an occasional guest on the Daily Politics, Question Time and Daybreak. His first novel, Overexposure, was published in 2006 and a collection of his satirical columns, My Weeks, was published in 2013. He has a degree in Philosophy from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Sathnam Sanghera is an award-winning columnist and feature writer for The Times. He has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, for his memoir The Boy With The Topknot and his novel Marriage Material, the former being adapted by BBC Drama in 2017 and named Mind Book of the Year in 2009. He has won numerous prizes for his journalism, including Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2002 and Media Commentator of the year in the 2015 Comment Awards. Come and hear old friends Sathnam and Hugo discuss journalism, politics and whatever else springs to mind. Tickets are £12 per night for a double session (or £7.50 for single session) and include refreshments. Money raised will provide IT equipment for the school.

  

Derby Book Festival

QUAD, DE1 3AS, Saturday 2 Jun 2018, 3.30pm

Sathnam Sanghera is an author who refuses to fit the mould: an award-winning journalist, a celebrated memoir writer and an acclaimed novelist. Growing up in Wolverhampton, his novels explore the multicultural Midlands with great style, warmth and humour. He’ll be discussing his life and literary work and giving us an insight into his unique perspective. Sathnam’s first book, the beautiful memoir, The Boy With The Topknot, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and named Mind Book of the Year. In 2017 it was adapted for BBC2, airing to huge success and critical acclaim. His novel, Marriage Material, was shortlisted for a South Bank Sky Arts Award, and the Costa Book Award. £8

  

Sathnam Sanghera at Birmingham Literature Festival

Birmingham, Friday 27 Apr 2018, 8pm, The Studio, Birmingham Rep

Following our screening of the BBC2 adaptation of The Boy with the Topknot, meet some of the creatives involved in the creation of this stirring and topical drama. Find out what it takes to turn 300 pages into 90 minutes of gripping and moving TV, and what had to be left in the editing room. This panel discussion will further explore the creative team’s approach to adapting the memoir for television. The panel will include director Lynsey Miller, screenwriter Mick Ford and writer Sathnam Sanghera. There will be an audience Q&A at the end of the discussion. Chaired by BBC broadcaster Jenny Wilkes. Sponsored by the Royal Television Society.

  

The Boy with the Topknot at The V&A

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Thursday 22 Mar 2018, 19:00

British journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera joins us to discuss ‘The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton’ his best-selling memoir of a British Sikh family’s struggle with mental illness, its new BBC adaptation, his novel, Marriage Material and career in journalism. Tickets cost £15.00. Includes wine reception.

  

Times Plus: An Evening With Sathnam Sanghera

The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF, Thursday 30 Nov 2017, 18:00

Join The Times for an evening with columnist and feature writer Sathnam Sanghera who will be in conversation with fellow columnist Hugo Rifkind. They will be discussing Sathnam’s critically acclaimed book The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton and his experience of having it made into a BBC TV film, starring Sacha Dhawan (Sherlock, Iron Fist). Your ticket includes drinks before the talk begins and copies of Sathnam’s books The Boy With The Topknot and Marriage Material, will be on sale on the evening. Guests will also have the opportunity to get their book signed by Sathnam at the end of the evening. To book tickets, click on the link.

  

100 Masters – Festival of Masters

Starworks Warehouse, Frederick Street, Wolverhampton, WV2, Saturday 25 Nov 2017, 6pm

For one day the free Festival of Masters brings together one hundred individual experts under one roof with the public getting the chance to get up close to some of the Masters. In conversation with Sathnam Sanghera, author of ‘The Boy with the Top Knot’ recently televised by BBC 2. Directions: Starworks Warehouse on Frederick Street is next to St John’s Retail Park (behind Next). A 10 minute walk from Wolverhampton Train Station or 5 minutes from the Mander and Wulfrun Centre. Paid parking is available. Free entry.

  

Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 15:00

Wolverhampton is hosting its first literary festival with a host of home-grown talent including acts as diverse as award-winning author Sathnam Sanghera and YouTube hit Doreen Tipton. The weekend-long celebration in January, called the Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival (WOLF), will also feature musicians, workshops, art and children’s events. Sathnam Sanghera, a former Wolverhampton Grammar School student, will be in conversation at the city’s art gallery on the opening night. His first book, The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, is currently being adapted for TV to air on the BBC next autumn. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award, the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year.

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