Book Event

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Ariel Kahn, Marilyn Booth & Deirdre Shanahan

Hidden Voices, Undiscovered Lives

Chaired by Daniel Hahn

Sunday 13th October 2019, 3pm-4pm

Robert Graves Gallery


Three vivid novels reveal unseen worlds and hidden lives, from the modern Middle East to the lives of Irish travellers. This is a unique event which brings together three authors.

Marilyn Booth is the International Man Booker 2019 winning translator of Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, the first novel from Oman in English, which sheds light on the impact of slavery on the lives and loves of those who experience it.

Ariel Kahn’s debut Raising Sparks (shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize 2018) plunges us deep into the lives of young Israelis and Palestinians.

Deirdre Shanahan has won awards from Arts Council England, Spread the Word, and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Last year she won the International Wasafiri Fiction Award in 2018. Her novel, ‘Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind, as just been published by the independent award-winning Bluemoose Books.

Daniel Hahn, chair for this event, is a writer, editor and translator with sixty-something books to his name. His translations (from French, Spanish and Portuguese) include fiction from Europe, Africa and the Americas, and non-fiction by writers ranging from Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to Brazilian footballer Pelé, as well as children's books and occasional plays and poetry. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and the Blue Peter Book Award among others

This event celebrates the great work independent publishers do to showcase writing that challenges and enlarge our perceptions.