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Birmingham Festival of Literature

The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Friday 3 Oct 2014, 19:30

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 OutKiss 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.

  

Marlborough Literature Festival

Assembly Room, Town Hall, High Street, Marlborough, Wilts, SN8 1AA, Sunday 28 Sep 2014, 16:00

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.

  

The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club, Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU, Monday 7 Jul 2014, 19:30

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 info@cinnamonclub.com 

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Proms at St Jude's

The Henrietta Barnett School, Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7BN, Sunday 22 Jun 2014, 2pm

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. 

  

Keat's House

Keat's House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR, Wednesday 21 May 2014, 19:00

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. 

 

  

Halesowen Library

Shenstone Theatre (level 7), Queensway Mall, The Cornbow, Halesowen, B63 4AZ, Friday 16 May 2014, 19:00

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

  

Big Book Fortnight

Wolverhampton Central Library,Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, WV1 3AX, Thursday 15 May 2014, 5pm - 6.45pm

Sathnam Sanghera’s first book was The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton; immensely moving, very funny and critically acclaimed, it also won MIND Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Costa biography award. Now he returns with a novel, Marriage Material – which is both wholly original and a very clever spin on Arnold Bennett’s 1908 novel, The Old Wives’ Tale. It’s one of this year’s must-reads: join Sathnam to discuss turning from fact to fiction, Indian weddings…. and of course, the Midlands. Free entry.

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Cracking Up – The Evolution of British Asian Humour

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St, London, W1G 7LP, Friday 9 May 2014, 18:45

The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival continues its popular British Asian evenings with an entertaining look at British Asian humour, its development as a mark of cultural identity and how it has evolved since Goodness Gracious Me. Anil Gupta, Shazia Mirza, Saurabh Kakkar with Sathnam Sanghera.

 

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Essex Book Festival

Billericay Library,143 High Street, Billericay CM12 9AB, Thursday 20 Mar 2014, 19:30

Humorous and tender, Marriage Material is an epic tale of family, love and politics spans three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop, itself a microcosm of the South Asian experience in this country. An ingenious re- imagining of Arnold Bennett’s classic novel The Old Wives’ Tale, it is a unique survey of modern Britain by one of Britain’s most promising, award-winning young writers. Tickets £4/£5.

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Jewish Book Week

King's Place, St Pancras Room, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, Thursday 27 Feb 2014, 13:00

When it comes to an obsession with marrying off the children, Jews have more in common with others than they sometimes care to admit. Here are two affectionate portraits of British ethnic communities: 2013 Man Booker Prize long-listed The Marrying of Chani Kaufman and Marriage Material, a portrait of Sikhs in the Midlands after Arnold Bennett. Eve Harris and Sathnam Sanghera compare notes. Eve Harris’s debut novel The Marrying of Chani Kaufman was longlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2013. Born to Israeli-Polish parents in London in 1973, Eve taught in a variety of schools in both London and Tel Aviv before embarking on her writing career. Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He 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 and has been picked by Waterstones as one of the fiction debuts of the year. Online price £6.50. http://www.jewishbookweek.com/

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Oxted Literary Festival

Oxted United Reformed Church, 21 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0AA, Wednesday 19 Feb 2014, 8pm

Join us for a ‘Big Read’ event with Sathnam Sanghera, a writer and journalist who writes regularly for The Times. Sathnam will be discussing his debut novel Marriage Material which tells the story of three generations of a Sikh family who run a Wolverhampton corner shop. Taking inspiration from Arnold Bennett’s classic novel The Old Wives’ Tale, the book offers an insight into the life of an immigrant community, and the wish to pull away from tradition among the family’s younger generation. Sathnam will also make reference to his first book, The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award. Marriage Material has been selected by Waterstones as one of their fiction debuts of 2013 and is published by William Heinemann, £14.99 hardback; The Boy with the Topknot is published by Penguin, £7.99 paperback. Both books will be for sale on the evening and Sathnam will be signing copies afterwards. Price includes a complimentary drink before the event. £12. Enquiries: 01883 714541 or oxtedurc@gmail.com

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Sunday Times Literary Salon

13th Floor, News UK, 3 Thomas More Square, London, E98 1XY, Monday 17 Feb 2014, 19:00

The Sunday Times is delighted to bring together for an evening of intimate conversation, two bestselling authors – Sathnam Sanghera and David Baddiel. Appearing with The Sunday Times’s Deputy Literary Editor, Robert Collins, Baddiel and Sanghera will talk about their latest novels. Tickets cost £10. Times+ members only. 13th Floor, News UK, 3 Thomas More Square, London, E98 1XY. Monday 17th February, 19.00 Click on link or call call 0871 620 4027.

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