Global Conversations: Myth and Discovery
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and mostly educated in the UK. Monique is the author of six novels and a memoir including The Mermaid of Black Conch, which won the Costa Book of the Year, 2020 and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Rathbones/Folio Award. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and Archipelago won the OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013.
C Pam Zhang
C Pam Zhang was born in Beijing but is mostly an artifact of the United States, has lived in thirteen cities and is still looking for home. Her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 and the Rathbones/Folio Prize 2021 and was one of Barack Obama’s Favourite Books of 2020. Her work appears in Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Tin House and elsewhere. She currently lives in San Francisco.
Curated specially for a festival that loves conversations in a time that limits face-to-face meetings, Global Conversations focuses on the conversations that some of the most creative minds of our planet have been dying to have with people who live far away from them. From the minutiae of mundane tasks to the importance of resistance, in a range of languages, but always human, this is a space to expand the mind. Take a look at more Global Conversation events:
Global Conversations: A Poet's Music
Award-winning poets Nathalie Handal and Kayo Chingonyi share music and poetry
Global Conversations: A Heritage of Resistance
Befekadu Hailu (Ethiopia) & Eyob Derillo (UK) unpack their roots in resistance and imagine what Ethiopia's future might be
Global Conversations: Writing Work
Two pivotal writers of the future, Kiley Reid (USA) & Hiroko Oyamada (Japan), unpack the culture of work and what it tells us about being human
Global Conversations: African Diaspora Movements
Courttia Newland (UK) & Dr Kelvin C. Black (USA) discuss African Diaspora Movements, from tap dance and patois to South African viral hit Jerusalema