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Wednesday 9 June 2021, 7.00pm

Courttia Newland in conversation with Dr Clive Nwonka

Writers at York is delighted to welcome author, screenwriter, playwright, creative writing tutor and literary activist, Courttia Newland, to discuss his work across literature and screen. Newland has published eight works of fiction including his critically-acclaimed debut, The Scholar (Abacus, 2001). His latest novel, A River Called Time, was published in 2021. A forthcoming collection of speculative fiction stories, Cosmogramma, will also be published later this year. Newland’s short stories have appeared in many anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and included in Best of British Short Stories 2017. He has been awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Bursary for playwriting. 

As a screenwriter he has co-written two feature-length films for the Steve McQueen BBC series Small Axe, of which Lovers Rock was jury selected for Cannes, and opened New York Film Fest 2020. Small Axe won the LA Critics Circle award 2020 for Best Picture. Impact, an original feature, and The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be, a science fiction short, are currently in development with Film Four. Newland is scheduled to write a feature adaptation of Kei Miller’s novel, Augustown (to be directed by Shabier Kirchner).

In this exclusive event, Courttia Newland will be in conversation with Dr Clive Nwonka, lecturer in Film and Literature at the University of York. There will also be a brief reading and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

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