Africa Writes – Exeter Presents: Cherie Jones’s How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
Date: Monday 6 December
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 (GMT)
Tickets: FREE (suggested donations: £2 / £5 / £10)
With Cherie Jones and Yvonne Battle-Felton
‘A hard-hitting and unflinching novel from a bold new writer who tackles head-on the brutal
extremes of patriarchal abuse.’ – Bernardine Evaristo
Cherie Jones’s powerful multi-generational novel, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021,
writes the story of three marriages and a beautiful island paradise, where beyond Barbados’s white
sand beaches and wealthy tourists, lies poverty, violence and misogyny.
This debut novel, consistently praised for the deftness of its prose and the depth of its
characterization, viscerally explores acts of violence and the cost of female survival.
Cherie Jones will be in conversation about How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
with Yvonne Battle-Felton, discussing writing craft, women and power, and generational trauma.
About the speakers:
Cherie Jones is a Barbados-based writer and lawyer. She won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize
in 1999 and her short stories have been published in PANK, The Feminist Wire and Eclectica. She
completed her MA with distinction at Sheffield Hallam University, where she was awarded both the
Archie Markham Award and the A.M. Heath Prize. She is currently completing a PhD at University of
Exeter. Her debut novel How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House was published by Tinder Press
in 2021 and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is an American writer living in the UK. Her writing has
been published in literary journals and anthologies. Remembered, was longlisted for the Women’s
Prize for Fiction (2019) and shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize (2020). She was commended for children’s
writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017) and has three titles in Penguin Random House’s
Ladybird Tales of Superheroes and three in the forthcoming Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones.
Yvonne has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is Lecturer in Creative Writing
and Creative Industries at Sheffield Hallam University.
About the event:
Africa Writes – Exeter is brought to you by Royal African Society and Saseni, and presented in
partnership with Exeter City of Literature, Festival of Ideas and the University of Exeter.