Arvon’s House of Words

Free Word Centrem 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA, Thursday 6 Feb 2014, 18:30

Join Arvon at Free Word Centre to hear from award winning authors, find out about our residential creative writing weeks and explore our 2014 programme. Take a trip from Devon to the Scottish Highlands via Shropshire and Yorkshire – discover our four centres and sample their local cuisine. Meet fellow writers and get a poetic prescription from the Emergency Poet’s Cold Comfort Pharmacy. Four writers who are teaching at Arvon this year: Stella Duffy, Sathnam Sanghera, Jean Sprackland and Daljit Nagrawill talk about their writing life and read from their work. This is a free event, and advance registration is recommended.



Readings by the River...

The Wapping Project, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London E1W 3SG, Thursday 14 Nov 2013, 19:00

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. Readings by the River is a season of intimate conversations curated and hosted by Erica Wagner, and taking place in the cosy setting of the Wapping Project’s glass house. Tickets £6. Bookings:



Times Plus

13th Floor, News UK, Wapping, London, E98 1ST, Wednesday 23 Oct 2013, 19:00

Authors Hugo Rifkind, Sathnam Sanghera and Kevin Maher will be talking about their latest books and their careers at The Times. Hugo Rifkind is a columnist and leader writer for The Times, which he joined in 2005. He now writes a weekly opinion column. He will be discussing his second novel, a compilation of his ”’My Week”’ column for The Times. Award-winning writer for The Times, Sathnam Sanghera, will be talking about ”’Marriage Material,”’ which is his first novel and has been picked by Waterstones as one of the fiction debuts of the year.  Kevin Maher moved to London in 1994, and wrote whenever he could. Mostly about film. And soon he got paid for his troubles, Kevin will be talking about his new book ”’The Fields”. Tickets cost £10.



Asia House & South Asian Literary Festival

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP, Tuesday 22 Oct 2013, 18:45

Two acclaimed writers will share their views on what it means to be on the margins of contemporary Britain. 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 his latest offering, Marriage Material was chosen as one of Waterstones’ Best Fiction Debuts of 2013. Damian Barr is a writer, playwright and creator/host of the Shoreditch House Literary Salon. His book Maggie and Me is a timely memoir of surviving Thatcher’s Britain. Share your views during what promises to be an insightful and thought-provoking discussion. Booking via Eventbrite.



Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Friday 18 Oct 2013, 14:00

Sathnam Sanghera won both the President’s Medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the MIND Book of the Year for his acclaimed debut, The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, which dealt movingly with mental illness. He has now written a novel, Marriage Material, inspired in part by Arnold Bennett’s classic The Old Wives’ Tale



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.