Derek Owusu and Courttia Newland


Derek will be in conversation with Courttia to discuss The Black British Novel – now and then.

Derek Owusu is an author, poet and award-winning podcaster from London. He has written for several publications and collated, edited and contributed to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space – an anthology exploring the experiences of Black men in Britain. His critically acclaimed debut That Reminds Me merges poetry and verse  and has recently been longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize. It is the first novel to be published by Stormzy’s imprint #MerkyBooks.

Literary hallmark Courttia Newland is an important voice in contemporary British literature and the writer of seven works of fiction including his widely celebrated debut novel The Scholar. In 2016, Courttia won the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Busary for playwriting. He is also an associate lecturer at the University of Westminster where he teaches Creative Writing while completing his PhD. His new speculative fiction novel A River Called Time is set in a parallel London and will be published by Canongate in January 2021.

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