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Wasafiri's Literary Boat Trip: Words on the Water on 21 September 2014

Posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014   


Wasafiri’s Words on the Water
Celebrating Thirty Years of International Contemporary Writing

Hosted by Daljit Nagra


A M Bakalar, Michelle Cahill, Zena Edwards,

Gabriel Gbadamosi, Ruth Padel and Sukhdev Sandhu


Part of the Totally Thames Fesival

Sunday 21 Sept 2014
1400-15 embarkation; 1715-30 disembarkation
The William B River Cruiser, Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH
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'.

Tickets: £15.00 including a free copy of Wasafiri’s 30th birthday magazine. 

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The Writers 

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

Michelle Cahill is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently Vishvarupa which was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. She was a Fellow at Hawthornden Castle and at Kingston University in 2013. She has been awarded grants from the Australia Council, the Copyright Agency Limited and she received the Val Vallis Award. Her poems are anthologised in 30 Australian PoetsThe HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians and Another English: Anglophone Poets from Around the World.
Raised in Tottenham in north London, Zena Edwards is known as one the most unique voices of performance poetry to come out of London. Zena graduated from Middlesex University in Drama and Communication studies and has been writing and performing for twenty years. She is Creative Director of Verse In Dialog, an umbrella company focused on cross art collaboration for positive social change.  
She 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 SilenceSecurity — the script of her debut one woman show (Flipped Eye); No Condition is Permanent (Platform London); Anthology of New Women’s Writing (Loose Muse); and Tales From Mirror City (Tongue in Chic).

Gabriel Gbadamosi is a poet, playwright and essayist. His London novel Vauxhall won the 2011 Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize. He was AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow in European and African performance at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, and a Judith E Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University. Book collaborations with visual artists include Sun-Shine, Moonshine with Conroy/Sanderson, and The Second Life of Shells with Mandy Bonnell. Plays include Shango (DNA, Amsterdam), Hotel Orpheu(Schaubühne, Berlin), Eshu's Faust (Jesus College, Cambridge) and for radio The Long, Hot Summer of ’76 (BBC Radio 3) which won the first Richard Imison Award. He lives in London and is Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at the City & Guilds of London Art School.

Daljit Nagra was born and raised in west London, then Sheffield and currently lives in Harrow where he teaches in a secondary school. His first collection Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. In 2008 he won the South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award. He published the collection Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! in 2011 and in 2013 his poetic interpretation of the classic Ramayana was published.

Ruth Padel is a prize-winning British poet celebrated for her rich lyrical voice. Her most recent collection,Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, is a meditation on conflict, creativity and the Middle East. She has published ten collections, a novel, and a wide range of non-fiction including much-loved books on reading contemporary poetry, studies of ancient Greek myth and religion, and a memoir of wild tiger conservation. Her awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and a British Council Darwin Now research award. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Poetry Fellow at King’s College

Sukhdev Sandhu is the author of London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined A City andNight 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 GuardianFinancial TimesThe Wire and Bidoun.
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