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HELEN OYEYEMI: Family, Ambition and Gingerbread – with Heather Parry
June 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Readers, we’re so excited about this event with acclaimed novelist Helen Oyeyemi, author of White is for Witching, What is Not Yours is Not Yours and Boy, Snow, Bird. Helen will be in conversation with writer Heather Parry discussing her new novel Gingerbread, an imaginative and vibrant retelling of the Hansel & Gretel story.
Join us at St Vincent’s Chapel to hear about Helen Oyeyemi’s inspiration, process and imagination for what is set to be a very special event. Don’t miss the chance to meet one of the UK’s finest writers – there will be an audience Q&A and books will be available on sale to be signed.
Wine and gingerbread will be served free of charge!
‘A writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam’ — Ali Smith
Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make.
Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhastrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. In fact, the world’s truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet’s charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval – a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met. Years later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother’s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet’s story, as well as a reunion or two.
ABOUT HELEN OYEYEMI
Helen Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, White is for Witching (which won the Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Fox, Boy, Snow, Bird, Gingerbread and the short story collection What is Not Yours is Not Yours. In 2013, Helen was included in Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists.
Helen Oyeyemi will be in conversation with Heather Parry in St Vincent’s Chapel: please note this event does not take place in the bookshop, and is wheelchair accessible.
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