Books, Climate Change / 16/11/2021 Cli-Fi: Exploring the World Through Children’s Fiction

Mitch Johnson studied English Literature and Creative Writing at UEA and is now a published children’s author. His books expose injustices of the world whilst still being fun and accessible to young readers.  In October, Johnson conducted a talk as part of the Norwich Science Festival, discussing the power of children’s literature, particularly climate fiction....

Books / 16/11/2021 Elizabeth Day talks Motherhood, Fertility, and Failure at UEA Live

On 27th October, UEA Live was joined by Journalist and podcast host, Elizabeth Day, in discussing her current projects and latest novel, Magpie. Day starts off by joking about the plot twist of the book, and the trouble she has explaining Magpie without spoiling it. Magpie is a psychological thriller focussing on a young woman,...

Books / 16/11/2021 #BookTok: Worth the Hype?

If you’re not familiar with the concept of BookTok, it’s a communal space for the readers of TikTok where books are recommended and discussed between users. It has benefited people all over the world. I’m not ashamed to admit that when looking for a book recommendation, BookTok is the first place I check, and it’s...

Books / 16/11/2021 Mitch Johnson and the Importance of Cli-Fi

Before his talk at Norwich Science Festival, I got to sit down with Mitch Johnson and ask him about his novels, and the impact he hopes they are having.  Can you tell us a little about your books? What are the common themes? Kick is about an Indonesian boy who works in a sweatshop making...

Books / 16/11/2021 UEA Live : “Whatever #Merky Books will be… is powerful.”

Moving through their glorious panels, UEA Live welcomed the editors and authors alike from #Merky Books on the breezy evening of October 20th. #Merky Books, a publishing imprint created in 2018 by Stormzy, was created to publish books that were “underrepresented in society” and since then they’ve created pop-up events, literature festivals, and their New...

Books / 26/10/2021 An Interview with Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon is a well-known fantasy and dystopian author. Whilst studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, Shannon signed a book deal for a seven-book series known as The Bone Season. Shannon is currently working on the fifth instalment of the series, and a project set in the world of The Priory of the...

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#BookTok: Worth the Hype?

If you’re not familiar with the concept of BookTok, it’s a communal space for the readers of TikTok where books are recommended and discussed between users. It has benefited people all over the world. I’m not ashamed to admit that when looking for a book recommendation, BookTok is the first place I check, and it’s…

Books

An Interview with Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon is a well-known fantasy and dystopian author. Whilst studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, Shannon signed a book deal for a seven-book series known as The Bone Season. Shannon is currently working on the fifth instalment of the series, and a project set in the world of The Priory of the…

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UEA Live: Lauren Groff and her Queer Nuns

On October 7th, Lauren Groff kicked off UEA Live by discussing her latest novel Matrix, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Awards. Matrix is a historical fiction novel reimagining the 12th century poet Marie de France as a queer, visionary leader. Groff has a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction, four published novels,…

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Bimini Bon Boulash at UEA Live

People of influence are well represented by the fans they have, and those waiting to see Bimini Bon Boulash are characterised by animal prints, colourful hair, and bold makeup. Taking my seat, I settle into the excited buzz of the room. It doesn’t feel like we’re about to watch a book launch – the energy…


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