Confirmed writers and speakers for the Festival of Belonging are:

    Sapphire, author of Push (1996) and recipient of a United States Artists Fellow Award in Literature

   Jackie Kay, author of Trumpet (1998) and winner of The Guardian Fiction Prize, the 2008 CLPE Poetry Award, and recipient of an MBE for services to literature

    Helen Oyeyemi, author of Icarus Girl (2005) and White is for Witching (2009) as well as winner of a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award

    Daljit Nagra, author of Look, We Have Coming to Dover! (2007) and a two-time Forward Poetry Prize winner who has been featured in The Rialto, Poetry London, and Poetry Review

    Bernardine Evaristo, author of The Emperor’s Babe (2001) and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of the Arts as well as an MBE recipient

  • Raman Mundair, author of Lovers, Liars, Conjurers and Thieves (2003) and winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award
  • Kayo Chingonyi, a poet who has been published in City Lighthouse (2009), The Best British Poetry 2011 (2011), and The Salt Book of Younger Poets (2011) and whose first poetry pamphlet, Some Bright Elegance, is set to be released 15 March

   Tahmima Anam, author of A Golden Age (2007) and winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book

   Hari Kunzru, author of Transmission (2005) and Gods Without Men (2011) and winner of a Somerset Maugham Award as well as a New York Times Most Notable Book of the Year in 2005 for Transmission

    Gillian Allnutt, author of Nantucket and the Angel (1997) and Lintel (2001) as well as winner of the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award and a T.S. Eliot Prize shortlister

  • Tina Gharavi, director of Closer (2000), Mother/Country (2001) and I Am Nasrine (2011) as well as winner of the TCM Classic Movie Award and lecturer in Digital Media at Newcastle University

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