I frequently talk about my books in literary festivals, libraries and to reading groups.  I look forward to hearing from you if you would like me to come and talk to a group.

Coming events, 2018:

Mon 16th July, 6pm – reading from my memoir What was once a city.

HARWICH FESTIVAL, Fri 29th June, 3pm – talking about my novels, especially Uncertain Light If you can walk, you can dance.

SHROPSHIRE, 11th – 12th May:  Why do we write? And why does literature matter?
The beautiful county of Shropshire is home to an inspiring number of writing groups, poetry reading groups, etc. They meet in towns scattered across the county, to share what they are writing and encourage others, or simply to listen. I’ve been lucky to be invited to take part in three literary events there in the last two years, and been inspired by their enthusiasm and the mutually supportive atmosphere.

Friday 11th May – Fiction & Real Life
Harley Village Hall, 2.30 – 4.30 pm – I’ll be talking about what inspired my writing. For  details, contact

Saturday 12th May – Why literature matters
Open to local writers or would-be-writers of stories, poetry, memoirs … Come and share why you write, and what difference literature makes in our lives.
For details contact Tim Cook,

Recent events in the UK at:
– School of Oriental & African Studies, London
– Royal Asiatic Society, London
– Poetry Translation Centre, London
– Godolphin Literary Festival, Salisbury
– Much Wenlock, Shropshire
– Balham Library, Diversity Month
– Battersea, Relaunch of If you can walk, you can dance
– Wandsworth Society, Uncertain Light
– Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees, Refugee Stories
– University of East Anglia, Norwich
– Self-publishing conference, Leicester
– Winchelsea Literary Society, East Sussex
The Rye Bookshop, East Sussex
– Shrewsbury Literature Festival, Shropshire
– Salisbury, National Women’s Register Conference
– South Bank Centre, London
– Isles of Scilly Festival, Cornwall
– Penzance Literary Festival, Cornwall
– Glasgow Women’s Library
– Wenlock Poetry Festival, Shropshire
Putney Library, London
– Richmond upon Thames, Avenue Club Readers
– Mere Literature Festival, Wiltshire
– Beverley Literary Festival, East Yorkshire
– St Ives Library, Cornwall
– Norwich, Worlds Literature Festival
– Daunt’s Bookshop, London
– Women’s Institute groups in Gloucestershire & Somerset
– NATECLA: National Association of Teachers of English and other Community Languages to Adults

In South Asia:
– Forum on the Right to Education, Delhi
– Hyderabad Literature Festival
– India International Centre, Delhi
– Jaipur Literature Festival
– Lahore Literature Festival
– LitFestX on-line
– Miranda House, University of Delhi
– Oxford Bookstore, Delhi
– World Book Fair, Delhi

Interviews & articles in:
– Kitaab, Journal of Asian Literature
– Nilgiri Wagon,
– Perspectives on Central Asia
– The Telegraph, ‘
Wonder Women’
– Battersea Matters

In previous years:
– Alternative Arts, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London
– Black History Month, Balham library, London
– Crewe, National Women’s Register conference
– Ilkley Literature Festival, Yorkshire
– Islington Refugee Week, London
– Kings Lynn Literature Festival, Norfolk
– Kingston Readers Festival, London
– Mandela celebration, South Bank, London
– Mansion House, book launch, London
– Paris, University of Marne le Vallee
– Saffron Waldon Literature Festival, Essex
– Swindon Literature Festival, Wiltshire
– Wells Literature Festival, Somerset
– Women’s Library/Mslexia, book launch, London

+  libraries in:
– Cheshire: Crewe, Nantwich, Neston
– Cornwall:  Helston, Launceton, Penzance, Redruth, St Austell, St Ives
– Devon: Totnes, Ilfracombe, Exmouth
– London: Commonwealth Writers’ Week & Get London Reading events

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