No Place To Call Home by JJ Bola & When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola
Sunday 2 July
12:45 – 13:30
From Kinshasa to Brussels, Port Harcourt to London and back again, the writers join SA Smythe in conversation.
No Place to Call Home
With colourful characters and luminous prose, and shifting between London, Brussels and the Congo, JJ Bola’s debut is about belonging, identity and immigration, of hope and hopelessness, of loss and, by no means the least, of love.
When We Speak of Nothing
Olumide Popoola’s novel launches a powerful new voice onto the literary stage. The fluid prose, peppered with contemporary slang, captures what it means to be young, black and queer in London. If grime music were a novel, it would be this.