So as we start a new year, I thought I should probably share some of my Book exploits around London in 2015! I should’ve shared them earlier but for a Muslim, I’ve been doing a shocking amount of festive binging on food and telly of late!! 🙂
Tying in nicely with Bookself’s 2016 reading challenge, I went to see Nawal El Saadawi in conversation with the fab For Books Sake as part of her promotion for the re-publication of Woman at Point Zero, (which I will have a review of up soon) Saadawi herself was funny, engaging and a feminist powerhouse brimming with confidence and rebellion, she came across to me, as a wise, eccentric and hilarious aunty figure! (you know we all have one!) Here’s a pic of her from the evening.
In between book events, I’ve also spent a LOT of time swanning around bookshops in London.
and I also went to see Lois de Bernieres do a book reading from his novel Birds Without Wings as part of the Autonomy of Self exhibition at the P21 Gallery. The event was a small and intimate affair and I enjoyed hearing Bernieres motivations for writing the book and he even gave me a book recommendation.
The evening was slightly marred when I turned down a group invitation to the pub, which resulted in the author and another middle class woman completely ignoring me and whitesplaining/mansplaining to the group about how I ‘wasn’t allowed’ to attend as a Muslim woman and perhaps I ‘needed permission’. I just didn’t fancy hanging out with them is all! Anywhooo…
I also attended the Wicked Young Writer’s award at the Apollo Victoria in the Summer which was a real treat, made particularly fab by the fact that my daughter was runner up in the competition! The How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell gave a wonderful speech about the importance of reading and writing which was inspiring to all.
Finally I attended Nina Ansary’s UK Book Launch of Jewel’s of Allah, which was a packed event. Ansary herself came across as an intelligent and generous woman, so much so that she spent much of the time talking about others achievements rather than her book! But I’ll get into the book when I post up my review shortly. What bookish things have you guys been up to and are there any events that you’re looking forward to in 2016?