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The Handsworth Times Launch

Date: 27th October 2016

Location: Birmingham Waterstones

Reading and Q&A at Waterstones, Birmingham, as part of a series of events in London, Brighton and Birmingham to celebrate the launch of The Handsworth Times

Sharon Duggal In Conversation, City Reads 2017

Date: 14th May 2017

Location: Brighton

Sharon Duggal in conversation with critic and writer, Amy Raphael  in the culmination event of City Reads as part of Brighton Festival 2017

City Reads 2018: BeSPOKE Book Group

Date: 26th April 2018

Time: 19.30pm

Location: The Lounge Bar Brighton BN1 1AD

City Reads has gathered some wonderful, diverse cultural thinkers from across the city to become a book group for ONE NIGHT ONLY to discuss Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country. Come along, grab a cocktail from the bar, listen to their discussion, and then join in.

Featuring: Fox Fisher, Sharon Duggal, Heidi James, Sue Kim Steele-Green, June Miles Kingston, Craig Jordan-Baker, Mark Radcliffe and more…

Eavesdropping on all the chat will be author William Shaw, sharing the evening’s conversation via his regular podcast The Book Group. It could get lively!

City Reads 2018: Debut Novelists Night

Date: 1st May 2018

Time: 19.30

Location: Waterstones, Brighton

Three women writers. Three impressive debut novels…

Allie Rogers, author of the widely praised debut, Little Gold  and Polly Clark who wrote the impressive debut Larchfield chat to Sharon Duggal, last year’s City Reads author. They will discuss the process of writing,

Allie Rogers’ widely praised debut, Little Gold tells the story of a boyish girl on the brink of adolescence, who is struggling with the reality of her broken family and a home descending into chaos, Polly Clark’s memorable debut Larchfield is a beautiful novel about a woman’s struggle with isolation and sanity interwoven with a narrative about the poet W. H. Auden. They will be talking to Sharon Duggal (who’s remarkable debut The Handsworth Times was the City Reads book for 2017). Recommended for booklovers and aspiring writers alike

Writing Place Workshop: WOWFEST 2018, Liverpool

Date: 26th May 2018

Time: 12.00 -14.00

Location: WowFest2018, Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XF

How do we write about the places and spaces that mean something to us – places we have just arrived at or have had to leave behind, or those that we have always lived in the midst of; or imaginary places that only exist in our minds? Join author, Sharon Duggal in a practical workshop designed to help you develop the perfect balance of words to truly evoke a sense of place in your writing and make your settings come to life, whatever they may be. As part of the workshop, Sharon will share her own experiences of writing about inner-city landscapes and the diverse communities that have settled in them.

Birmingham Literature Festival: The Book of Birmingham, Launch

Date: 5th October 2018

Time: 6pm

Location: Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham is a writer’s city with a long tradition of distinctive literary subcultures. Long-established novelists such as David Lodge and Jim Crace have spent most of their writing lives here, and the city continues to support and inspire new generations of voices.

Bringing together fiction from some of the city’s most talented writers, both established and new, The Book of Birmingham (Comma Press) showcases and celebrates original and unusual writing, which captures various aspects and experiences of the city.

Hosted by editor Kavita Bhanot, this launch event will include readings from a fantastic line-up of Birmingham writers including C.D. Rose, Sharon Duggal, Malachi McIntosh and Jendella Benson.

This event is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

An Evening with Kit De Waal, Sharon Duggal and Yasmin Ali

Date: 14th May 2020

Time: 7.30pm -9pm

Location: School of Art 3 Margaret Street Birmingham B3, UK

Birmingham City University’s Institute of Creative and Critical Writing presents an evening of lively bookchat with three writers who are closely associated with Birmingham.

The bestselling Kit de Waal (My Name is LeonThe Trick to Time) will be in conversation with fellow author Sharon Duggal (The Handsworth Times) and local blogger and short story writer Yasmin Ali, about inclusivity in the arts and working-class representation in contemporary British literature.

This is a charity event. All those involved have waived their fees and the money raised will go to Crisis in Birmingham

Book Launch: Should We Fall Behind

Date: 29th October 2020

Time: 19.30pm

Location: Online


The official book launch to celebrate the launch of Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal will be on Thursday 29 October at 7.30pm.
For the event, Sharon will be in conversation with her Bluemoose editors, Leonora Rustamova and Hetha Duffy, talking about how authors and editors work together to polish a manuscript so it is publication ready. There’ll also be a reading and a Q&A too.
If you’d like to join the celebration, please RSVP to asap, and we’ll send you a sign-up link.
And, if you’d like to buy an exclusive signed copy of Should We Fall Behind, direct from independent bookshop City Books, please click here –