CITY READS 2017
2 March – 14 May
THE HANDSWORTH TIMES BY SHARON DUGGAL
THE BLUEMOOSE LITERARY SALON
Wednesday 29 March
7 – 9pm £10
Kevin Duffy founded independent publisher Bluemoose Books in 2007 with his wife Hetha, and has gone on to have incredible success, getting many of their authors onto numerous leading prize shortlists.
Join us for this very special literary salon which will feature three exciting Bluemoose authors: Mark A Radcliffe, Colette Snowdon and Harriet Paige, reading from and talking about their latest novels. And hear from Kevin Duffy himself, as he shares his experiences of being a small successful indie publisher taking on the world of publishing. Offering emerging writers tips, tricks of the trade, and some invaluable advice! Ticket includes delicious Indian snacks from Amhisa.
STICK IT ON PARTY
– YOU’RE THE DJ!
Friday 28 April
Latest Music Bar
8pm £10/£15 on door
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City Reads has teamed up with the crew from Stick It On for a night of dancing, drinking and daring DJs… in an unashamed celebration of the music of the late 70s and early 80s at the heart of The Handsworth Times.
At a Stick It On party, the guests are the DJs, taking over the decks (with a helper for the technical bit!) Guests are introduced by the Stick It On compere and and play three of their all-time favourite tracks (from the late 70s/early 80s) guaranteeing an eclectic mix, and a full dance floor.
All proceeds go towards our work with marginalised readers in the city.
AT BRIGHTON FESTIVAL
Sunday 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre
Bring your City Reads experience full circle by joining Sharon Duggal live for an intimate and exclusive celebration of The Handsworth Times.
How did the novel come together? What was her inspiration? What were the challenges and pitfalls?
Find out at this special in-conversation event in which Sharon Duggal talks candidly to writer and critic Amy Raphael. She will read from the book and take questions from the audience, shedding light on what it was like to grow up in a British Asian family in Handsworth, Birmingham during the 70s and 80s.
DANIEL RACHEL – WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN
Wednesday 10 May
Waterstones, 7.30pm £5
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We were trying to change the world in our tiny way by stopping the rise of fascism amongst youth with the power of music. Red Saunders, founder of Rock Against Racism
Join writer and musician Daniel Rachel to celebrate the paperback release of Walls Come Tumbling Down. His book charts the extraordinary and pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 following Eric Clapton’s now notorious and inflammatory speech in support of Enoch Powell and ‘black’ repatriation.
Daniel and guest June Miles-Kingston will discuss how three key movements of that era: Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, and Red Wedge were shaped by the music of a generation.
BOOK SWAP BOXES
Various locations across Brighton & Hove
March to May (Free)
This year we have teamed up with Brighton Festival and Quercus books to bring you these wonderful Book Swap Boxes. There will be a number of copies of The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal in each box and books by two Of Quercus’ best selling authors: William Shaw and Elly Griffiths (also Brighton residents).
We encourage City Readers to take a book, leave a book, read a book and share! It’s that simple! Look out for these Book Swap Boxes during City Reads. We will be sign posting their locations via social media and on our websites.
BOOKY PHOTO BOOTH
Share a ‘#shelfie’
23 – 28 April Jubilee Library
City Reads is teaming up with Brighton & Hove Libraries and Photobot.co to create a snapshot of the city’s reading habits! Pop along to our booky booth at Jubilee library to take a photo of yourself with the book you’re currently reading, and this clever Photobot collates them all on our Twitter feed! Follow us @cityreads to watch this one-of-a kind booklist build over a week.
Jubilee Library, during library opening hours Free
THE CITY READS
Wednesday 22 March
The Latest Music Bar
7 – 9pm £5 SOLD OUT
How much do you know about books? Classics, crime books, highbrow and lowbrow books? Whatever you’ve read, always meant to read, or simply bluffed your way through, come along and test your knowledge at the ever popular City Reads Book Quiz.
There will be questions on everything: from genre fiction to literary classics, plus a dedicated round on Sharon Duggal and The Handsworth Times. Join a team or bring your own. There will be brainteasers aplenty for book lovers of all persuasions.
Wine and soft drinks available.
CITY READS BOOK SWAP
with William Shaw
Sunday 5 March, Redwood Cafe
Something special happens when we share our passion for a book we love and this is your opportunity to do just that…..
Come and bring a book to swap. Not just any old book, mind; something you really liked and may struggle to part with. A book you would enjoy someone else reading.
Wrap your book up before you come; we’ll then pass the books around. If you’re the donor, be prepared to talk for a minute or so about why you think the recipient will love this book.
Grab a cup of tea or coffee from the counter and join fellow booklovers to chat about the books you loved in 2016.
The Big Literary Lunch
Thursday 23 March
Closed event for First Base
Sharon Duggal is from a Punjabi family where there is a long tradition of sharing and eating food together. Meeta Johnson, a passionate teacher and cook will be showing our Read Aloud group from First Base (a drop-in centre for people living on the streets) how to cook a simple vegetarian curry, dahl and chapatis. Sharon Duggal will join the group for lunch where they will discuss The Handsworth Times, which they are currently reading together.
We would like to thank Pizzaface, Brighton for their kind donation of their Hove shop and kitchen in which to host this very special event.