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Writing on the Wall announce Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James for Black History Month

Writing on the Wall announce Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James for Black History Month

Black History Month @ Writing on the Wall is part of wider Liverpool city offer with Creative Organisation of Liverpool (COoL) and partners from 1st – 31st October celebrating Black History Month

Marlon James’ novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Its story follows the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1976 and its aftermath.

Marlon James will be joining Black History Month @ Writing on the Wall from America to discuss his new, Africa-inspired breath-taking saga of adventure Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Following the story of Tracker, the skilled and infamous hunter, who engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier. Journey through ancient cities, through dense forests, across deep rivers in this richly detailed and fantastic new adventure. Discussing his life, and his work, Marlon will be joined by award-winning writer Irenosen Okojie.

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular (Jacaranda Books) was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new collection of stories Nudibranch published by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. She is the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize For Fiction for her story, Grace Jones.

Writing on the Wall Co-Director Madeline Heneghan said

‘It’s an honour for us to have Marlon James, the winner of the Man Booker Prize, as part of our Black History Month programme. Now more than ever it is essential to highlight international Black artists and creatives who demand a change of the structural inequalities of racism across the globe.’

Date: Wednesday 14th October 2020

Time: 8pm

Live streamed on Writing on the Wall’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/writingonthewall.liverpool/

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121525874161

All Black History Month events organised by Creative Organisations of Liverpool and Partners with event details and ticket links will be announced on Friday 25th September