Your Next Read… Introducing Caleb Azumah Nelson and Daisy Buchanan

Friday 21 May 2021
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Judith Robinson talks to two debut authors about their powerful novels that examine the complex nature of love, longing and lust. Raw, tender, funny and honest – you will want to share these novels with everyone you know.

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson sees two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists – he a photographer, she a dancer – trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.

‘A tender and touching love story, beautifully told’ Observer 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021

by Daisy Buchanan introduces us to Violet – stuck in a dead-end job, broken-hearted, broke and estranged from her best friend, her life is nothing like she thought it would be. She wants more – better friends, better sex, a better job – and she wants it now. So, when Lottie – who looks like the woman Violet wants to be when she grows up – offers Violet the chance to join her exciting start-up, she bites. Only it soon becomes clear that Lottie and her husband Simon are not only inviting Violet into their company, they are also inviting her into their lives. A Grazia, Stylist, Cosmo, i paper, Red and Independent book of the year for 2021.

‘As filthy as it is funny, you won’t be able to put it down’ Dolly Alderton

Follow on Twitter: @CalebANelson @NotRollergirl

Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

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Buy the book:

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan

Photo credits:
Caleb Azumah Nelson – Stuart Simpson
Daisy Buchanan – Grace Plant


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