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June 15

Notting Hill, Notting Dale by Ade Solanke (A Work in Progress)

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Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS United Kingdom
June 15, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Notting Hill, Notting Dale by Ade Solanke (A Work in Progress)


This June marks the 2nd anniversary of the Grenfell fire in Notting Dale, West London, and May saw the 20th anniversary of the film, Notting Hill.  British-Nigerian writer Ade Solanke grew up on Clarendon Road, which linked both the Hill and Dale. ‘Notting Hill, Notting Dale’ is her semi-autobiographical novel about her experiences and that of West Africans in West London: African and Caribbean students, artists and intellectuals; Bohos, hippies, Rastafarians and ‘Trustafarians,’ all mingle in this rich portrait of the famed area, as a Nigerian family grapples with the 1976 heatwave, cricket mania, Carnival fever, the impact of police stop and searches on black children – and a missing Yoruba princess.


Ade Solanke is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, described as “breaththtakingly candid – another strong female presence” by The Guardian. Her acclaimed play, ‘Pandora’s Box’  was nominated for Best New Play in the OffWestEnd Awards and shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award, and described as “Honest, simple and enthralling…absolutely brilliant” (Public Reviews) and  “firecracker theatre, as touching as it is hilarious”  (The Stage).  ‘East End Boys, West End Girls’ won a BEFFTA Award for Best Play in 2015, and her most recent play, ‘The Court Must Have a Queen’ premiered at Hampton Court Palace in 2018. ‘Notting Hill, Notting Dale’ is her first novel.


She’ll be joined by British-Kashmiri Midlands writer  and playwright Amber Lone who is working on her novel, ‘Non-Believers,’ about growing up in the Birmingham Muslim community where recent protests about education and faith have attracted national attention. An extract is included in The Literary Consultancy’s forthcoming anthology ‘Free Reads,’ out in July.


Join them for readings from their works-in-progress, followed by a conversation about fiction filling in the missing gaps in British history, chaired by West London-raised Diane Abbott MP and with Midlands-raised Patrick Vernon, well-known Windrush campaigner.


Age: 16+


This event will be held in room QA075 (Edinburgh Room), University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College. All attendees must have a valid ticket.


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