Wasafiri celebrates 30 years with “Words on the Water”

2.00pm-5.30pm on Sunday 21 September 2014

Aboard the William B Cruiser
Embark at 2.00pm sharp from Westminster Pier (Nearest Tube: Westminster)

Come and celebrate Wasafiri’s 30th birthday on a river cruise that brings together six of the best writers representing all that is great about London — the world under one roof. Readings that cross continents and cultures meet in the capital on this boat for one special afternoon of the most amazing ‘words on the water’. With author and Guardian critic Sukhdev Sandhu, award-winning novelists A M Bakalar and Gabriel Gbadamosi and acclaimed poets Michelle Cahill, Zena Edwards and Ruth Padel. The event will be hosted by the Forward Prize winning poet Daljit Nagra. Each ticket holder will receive a free copy of Wasafiri’s 30th anniversary issue and a commemorative linen bag.

Tickets: £15.00 (includes free drink and copy of the celebratory birthday issue)

TO BOOK: Email wasafiri@open.ac.uk. Payment accepted by Paypal, BACS or cheque to Wasafiri Ltd

A M Bakalar was born and raised in Poland and now lives in London. Madame Mephisto, her first novel, was among readers’ recommendations for the 2012 Guardian First Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The International New York Times, Wasafiri and B O D Y. She was the editor of Litro Magazine Polish Issue.

Michelle Cahill is from Australia and is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently Vishvarupa which was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her poems are anthologised in 30 Australian Poets, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians and Another English: Anglophone Poets from Around the World.

Raised in Tottenham in north London, poet Zena Edwards has been commissioned for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and the Birmingham Rep and was Associate Artist at the Albany, London for four years. Her published works are Dance the Guns to Silence; Security — the script of her debut one woman show, No Condition is Permanent, Anthology of New Women’s Writing and Tales From Mirror City.

Gabriel Gbadamosi is a poet, playwright and essayist. His novel Vauxhall won the 2011 Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize. Book collaborations with visual artists include Sun-Shine, Moonshine with Conroy/Sanderson. Plays include Shango (DNA, Amsterdam), Hotel Orpheu (Schaubühne, Berlin), Eshu’s Faust (Jesus College, Cambridge) and The Long, Hot Summer of ’76 (BBC Radio 3) which won the first Richard Imison Award. He lives in London.

Ruth Padel is a prize-winning British poet whose most recent collection is Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, a meditation on conflict, creativity and the Middle East. She has published ten collections, a novel and a wide range of non-fiction. Her awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and a British Council Darwin Now research award.

Sukhdev Sandhu is the author of London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined A City and Night Haunts: A Journey Through The London Night. He directs the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at New York University and writes for many publications including The Guardian, Financial Times, The Wire and Bidoun.

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