In just four years, Tata Literature Live!, Mumbai’s international literary festival, has grown rapidly to become one of India’s best festivals. Over 120 writers, thinkers and performers from all over the world are expected to participate during its four days at the NCPA’s many theatres — Tata, Experimental, Godrej, Little and the Sunken Garden. Sathnam Sanghera will be appearing on Saturday, November 1, 12:30-1:30 pm during a session entitled, “The Idea of Romance in India,” with Aastha Atray Banan and Ashish Shakya, moderated by Malavika Sangghvi, and on Sunday, November 2, 2-3 pm, he will be part of a session with Akhil Sharma and Anne Enright called “Mined the Family,” exploring how and why writers use family as material for their writing.
This exciting session presents two works by Sathnam Sanghera. ‘The Boy with the Topknot’ won the Mind Book of the Year, for a memoir of courage and humour that lays bare the story of a family with an extraordinary secret. It will both break and warm your heart. Sanghera’s first novel, ‘Marriage Material’, tells a tale of three generations of a family and their loyalties, betrayals, loves and regrets against the backdrop of a corner shop. A great chance to meet this marvellously versatile writer. £5.
How does it feel to be both British and Asian? Authors Sathnam Sanghera (also columnist for The Times) and Daljit Nagra join Bhavit Mehta, Director of the South Asian Literature Festival, to examine how Indian communities in Britain maintain their identity and culture several generations on.
Wolverhampton born Meera Syal is a novelist, screenwriter and performer, best known for her novels Anita and Me and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee. She co-created, wrote and performed in five series of the award-winning Goodness Gracious Me for BBC2 and BBC R4 including a special reunion episode for BBC2’s 50th anniversary Meera wrote the film adaptation of Anita and Me (2002) and the screenplay Bhaji on the Beach (1993) as well as the musical Bombay Dreams with Thomas Meehan and Don Black. She is married to Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42 collaborator Sanjeev Bhaskar. She is currently writing her third novel. Sathnam Sanghera is a British journalist, author of Marriage Material: A Novel, and The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton.
Sathnam will join us for an evening hosted by Maudsley Learning, giving you the chance to meet the author and to go away with your own signed copy of The Boy With The Topknot. The event features the author introducing his book, reading an excerpt and hosting a live discussion. You’ll also have the opportunity to put your questions to Sathnam, in a Q & A session. Afterwards, we will open the sales of ‘The Boy with the Topknot’, as well as providing you with a glass of wine and time to chat about the book in our award winning venue.
Leicester Literature FestivalThe Font Pub, 52½ Gateway St,LE2 7DP, Saturday 4 Oct 2014, From 6pm. Free.
Sathnam Sanghera is an award-winning writer for The Times. His first book, The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award and the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year. Marriage Material is his first novel. It was picked by Waterstones as one of the fiction debuts of the year and shortlisted for the 2013 Costa First Novel Award. Hear Sathnam talking about his latest book Marriage Material, taking inspiration from Arnold Bennett’s classic novel The Old Wives’ Tale, Marriage Material tells the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop – itself a microcosm of the South Asian experience in the country: a symbol of independence and integration, but also of darker realities. 0116 319 8875. Free event, just turn up
Birmingham Literature Festival brings you a panel of four of the most exciting voices in fiction at the moment, chosen for their subtlety, wit, humour and ability to unpick the things that we have and the things that we have to live with. Sathnam Sanghera is a journalist and writer of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent book, Marriage Material: A Novel takes inspiration from Arnold Bennett’s classic novel The Old Wives’ Tale telling the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop. Kerry Hudson’s first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My MA was winner of the Scottish First Book Award. It is the story of an irrepressible heroine and a childhood of squalid Scottish council flats, screeching women, feckless men, fags, booze, drugs, and the dole queue. Her second novel, Thirst,is out now. Lottie Moggach has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing for publications ranging from the Financial Times to Time Out. Kiss Me First is her first novel, asking big questions about identity and how much we really know about the people we talk to online. Nikesh Shukla is a writer of fiction and television. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. His second novel, Meatspace, is a hilarious and troubling analysis of what happens when our lives become an aggregation of shared content. Join Nikesh, Lottie, Kerry and Sathnam for a lively conversation about their writing.
Following the success of Jackie Kay’s appearance at last year’s LitFest Big Town, Sathnam Sanghera’s The Boy With The Topknot has been chosen to be our Big Town Read for 2014. We recommend that book groups and individuals read Sathnam’s book in advance as this event is an opportunity for the audience to discuss the work with the author. £8.
Set in the historic grade II listed Old Westminster Library, this evening will give guests the opportunity to hear Sathnam Sanghera talk about his new novel Marriage Material, and his memoir The Boy With the Topknot. Guests will be welcomed with an arrival ‘aperitif’ before delving into a delicious array of beautifully spiced canapés carefully chosen by Head Chef, Rakesh Ravindran Nair. Tickets are priced at £15 per person. Spaces for this event are limited, please call our Reservations Team on 0207 2222 555 or book via link or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sathnam Sanghera and Charlotte Mendelson interviewed by Giles Fraser. The two authors’ works have a common theme of identity and marriage when one culture is transplanted into another. Sathnam Sanghera is a columnist and feature writer for The Times. His biography, The Boy with the Topknot, was named 2009 MIND book of the year and his first novel, Marriage Material, was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa first novel award. Charlotte Mendelson is a previous winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rees Prize. Her warm and witty novel Almost English was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize last year.
Sathnam Sanghera and Charlotte Mendelson in conversation. The two authors’ works have a common theme of identity and marriage when one culture is transplanted into another. Sathnam Sanghera is a writer for The Times. His biography, The Boy with the Topknot, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and named 2009 MIND book of the year, while his first novel, Marriage Material, was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa first novel award. Charlotte Mendelson is a previous winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rees Prize. Her warm and witty novel Almost English was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize last year.
Originally from Wolverhampton Sathnam is an award-winning writer for The Times. His first book, ‘The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton’, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award. ‘Marriage Material’ is his first novel and taking inspiration from Arnold Bennett’s classic novel The Old Wives’ Tale, tells the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop. Includes book signing and book sales. Tickets: £3.00. Contact Halesowen Library to book a place or call: 01384 812980