Chester Festival

Chester Town Hall, Monday 14 Oct 2013, 13:00

Sathnam Sanghera discusses his debut novel, Marriage Material. 



Ilkley Festival

Ilkley Playhouse, Monday 14 Oct 2013, 19:30

Sathnam Sanghera discusses his debut novel, Marriage Material. 



Walsall Central Library

Walsall Central Library, Sunday 13 Oct 2013, 13:30 to 15:30

Sathnam Sanghera discusses his debut novel, Marriage Material.  Free entry. For more information: Tel 01922 653121; or



Cheltenham Literary Festival

The Studio, Imperial Square, Saturday 12 Oct 2013, 7:15PM - 8:15PM

How do writers negotiate the fertile and fascinating boundary between memoir and fiction? Acclaimed novelist Rachel Cusk, author of the ‘brave and brilliant’ Aftermath (Guardian), joins author of memoir Maggie and Me and salonnière Damian Barr, and The Times journalist, memoirist and debut novelist Sathnam Sanghera (Marriage Material), to discuss their writing and this intriguing literary territory. Chaired by Robert Collins, Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Times. 



Birmingham Literature Festival

Library of Birmingham, Friday 11 Oct 2013, 17:30

British Asian Writers – Cities & Towns. Rosie Dastgir, Sathnam Sanghera & Qaisra Shahraz, 5.30 – 7pm, Library of Birmingham



London Lit Weekend

Kings Place, Hall 2, Saturday 5 Oct 2013, 4.30pm

Sathnam Sanghera and Lottie Moggach in discusson with Damian Barr. Two of today’s most exciting promising young writers discuss life, lies, love and literature. Sathnam Sanghera’s first novel, Marriage Material, is an epic family tale centring on a corner shop. It has been picked by Waterstones as a fiction debut of the year. Eleven publishers fought over the rights to Lottie Moggach’s first novel Kiss Me First, a chilling and ingeniously plotted tale of stolen identity. Damian Barr, who will be chairing the discussion, is a columnist, playwright, salonnière and the author of Maggie and Me.



Waterstones Wolverhampton

Waterstones, Wolverhampton, Thursday 3 Oct 2013, 12:00

Sathnam Sanghera will be signing copies of his debut novel, Marriage Material, and his award-winning memoir, The Boy with The Topknot, from 12pm. 



Henley Festival

Bix Manor, Henley-on-Thames, Wednesday 2 Oct 2013, 13.30

“Dazzling Debuts: Gill Hornby and Sathnam Sanghera”. Gill and Sathnam have produced two of the most-anticipated debut novels of 2013. As the wife of Robert Harris, the sister of Nick Hornby and a respected journalist it was almost inevitable that Gill would write a novel. Starring a group of mothers with children at the same primary school The Hive, on the politics of the playground is witty, waspish and wry and the critics have loved it. Selected for the Waterstones 11, Sathnam follows his acclaimed memoir The Boy with the Top Knot with debut novel Marriage Material, an ingenious reimagining of Arnold Bennett’s classic The Old Wives’ Tale. To Arjan the family’s corner shop represents everything he has tried to leave behind. But when his mother insists on keeping it open after his father’s death he finds himself being dragged back, forced into big decisions about his imminent marriage and uncovering the history of his broken family. Hear them both tell what inspired them to make their first forays into fiction. £10 including coffee, tea and cake. Booking:



Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival

Ivy house, 94-96 North End Road, London, Nw11 7sx., Monday 16 Sep 2013, 12:30

Sathnam Sanghera discusses his debut novel, Marriage Material, with Juliet Solomon. Monday 16th September 2013. Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London, Nw11 7sx. 12.30pm – 1.30pm.  £7.



In Conversation at The Asian Festival of Literature

Asia House, Friday 10 May 2013, 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM (BST)

DJ Nihal, Bobby Friction, Ravinder Bhogal, Siddhartha Bose and Sathnam Sanghera take a rollicking look at British Asian culture as they attempt to answer the burning question: Can we ever be perceived as cool? They examine the development of Asian food, film, language, literature and music in Britain and how British Asians have adapted their own traditions to make Britain the multicultural place it is today. Asia House
Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM (BST)


In Conversation at the Freud Museum

Wednesday 19 Sep 2012, 7.30pm

The Relational School (of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy) and the Freud Museum are holding a series of intimate evening forums addressing the subject of memoir from the perspective of how writing and publishing has come to affect the individual’s experience of their own story. This evening will see Eva Hoffman, author of Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton. Both have written powerful memoirs of living in and between two very different cultures and of the impact of this experience on their identity and psyche. £14/£10 Concessions and Members of The Relational School or The Freud Museum. Advance booking highly recommended. For further information please contact or +44 (0)20 7435 2002. 19 September 2012, 7.30pm, Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, NW3 5SX.



The Bostin'' 60s

Saturday 11 Jun 2011

This exhibition, drawn largely from the collections of the Black Country museum services, has been selected by Sathnam
Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Top Knot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets, and Lies in Wolverhampton and regular Times columnist. The 1960s is an era poignant to Sanghera as it was the decade his parents arrived in Wolverhampton. He has selected a wide range of social history ephemera and memorabilia which tells a story of enormous social, cultural and architectural change in the City. Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 19 Feb – 11 Jun 2011

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