The Portico Library is delighted to host three outstanding authors, represented by HopeRoad publishing house in London. These authors will read their work at a laidback literary event with drinks and light canapes provided. Discover these trans-cultural fiction writers and discuss the topics they inspire with the other guests in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Jeremy Cameron spent several years working as a probation officer in Walthamstow, which inspired a series featuring the lovable rogue Nicky Burkett. It Was An Accident was made into a feature film in 2000, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. Jeremy has just completed a walking marathon of all the places in England starting with the letter “Q”. These adventures will form the subject of his next literary venture.
Lainy Malkani is a successful London born journalist whose critically acclaimed two-part series for BBC Radio 4, ‘Sugar, Saris and Green Bananas’, inspired her to create a collection of short stories, Sugar, Sugar: Bittersweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers. She is fascinated by the lives of unsung heroes in our society and in 2012 she set up the Social History Hub to bring their stories to life. Lainy has written for the British Library, the Commonwealth and the BBC.
Qaisra Shahraz is an award winning and critically acclaimed novelist, scriptwriter, gender and peace activist. She is recognised as being ‘The Most Influential woman in Manchester’, winner of National Diversity ‘Lifetime achiever Award’ & listed in Muslim Power 100. Qaisra is the founder and Director of MACFEST, Muslim Art & Culture Festival she is currently setting up in Manchester. Author of ‘The Holy Woman’ Typhoon and The Concubine & The Slave Catcher’ her work is translated into several languages & studied in schools and universities.
HopeRoad promotes inclusive literature with a focus of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. They support often neglected voices and many of their YA titles focus on issues dealing with identity, cultural stereo-typing and disability. At the heart of their publishing is the love of outstanding writing.