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Who does a story belong to? Should writers be concerned about ‘cultural appropriation’? Should they stick to the old adage, ‘write what you know’? Is authenticity important or irrelevant? Monica Ali delivers a brief talk that explores these issues, and seeks to answer the question: what is fiction for? She will also be reading from her work, and taking questions from the audience.

Monica Ali is an award-winning, bestselling writer whose novels include Brick Lane, In the Kitchen and Untold Story. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. Her work has been translated into 26 languages, and she has judged a number of literary prizes including as Chair of the International Man Booker. She is a Fellow of the RSA and of the Orwell Prize, and she is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Surrey.


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Opening times

Monday 9.30am– 5pm
Tuesday 9.30am– 5pm
Wednesday 1pm – 7.30pm (Learning Centre to close at 5pm)
Thursday 9.30am – 7.30pm (Learning Centre to close at 5pm)
Friday 9.30am – 1pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday Closed