13 May, 2022
Royal Society of Literature, Online
Join two acclaimed writers as they discuss intersections between their writing, drawing on the keenly anticipated new release from RSL Vice-President Maggie Gee, The Red Children, and the Booker-Prize shortlisted novel The Fortune Men by RSL Fellow Nadifa Mohamed.
From climate change to migration, Gee and Mohamed will discuss justice and injustice, prejudice and love, and what part writing has in creating a more empathetic world.
Maggie Gee is the author of seventeen critically acclaimed books, which have been translated into more than fifteen languages. These include the novels The Red Children, My Cleaner and The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and a memoir, My Animal Life. Gee is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her services to literature.
Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa, Somaliland, in 1981. Her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, won the Betty Trask Prize; it was longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the PEN Open Book Award. In 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has recently been awarded an Arts and Literary Arts Fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation. Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Prix Albert Bernard. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.
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