Rahila Gupta

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21 November

I'm delighted to anounce that Don't Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong is being republished and launched at Goldsmiths College. The brilliant Jaye Griffiths will perform a  15 minute extract, there will be a panel discussion on disability, The Play, the Poetics, the Politics of Disability,  and a wine reception. A free event. To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-dont-wake-me-the-ballad-of-nihal-armstrong-tickets-77321124565

18:30 – 21:00, Thurs, 21 November 2019

Goldsmiths, University of London

George Wood Theatre

New Cross

London

SE14 6NW

For a disabled parking space please email d.osborne@gold.ac.uk

30 November

Final event to celebrate Southall Black Sisters 40th anniversary event at Queen Mary University of London.  A very special evening, a 'literary' conversation between two groups of women - published writers and the SBS survivors' group, divided by privilege but possibly united by the experience of violence.

I ran writing workshops with the survivors' group at SBS for six months. The work that was produced in those sessions have been published in Turning the Page which will be launched on 30 Nov. We sent their stories out to writers like Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy and Miss Yankey and invited them to respond creatively to the work with new writing of their own. These too are included in the book. They will be reading from this and their other work on the evening where we will be joined by Imtiaz Dharker - (so we will have 'almost' two Poet Laureates in the room. 'Almost' because Imitiaz turned her invitation down). A real privilege!
Tickets are £20 (concessions available) for which you will get a free copy of the book (£9.99) and refreshments. To book, click on: https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk

Podcasts

The Royal Literary Fund, of which I am a fellow, commissions short podcasts from its writers on a variety of themes. Here are two 3 min podcasts on 'How Writing changes the Writer' and 'Letter to my younger self'.

https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/rahila-gupta-wcw/

https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/rahila-gupta-lys/

A revolution for our times: Rojava, Northern Syria openDemocracy 4 April 2016

Available from Amazon as an e-book.

First published in 2008, on the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.