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Guest Speakers 2019

Friday and Saturday conference evening readings 2019

Each year the NAWE conference brings some of the biggest names in contemporary literature to give inspirational entertainment.

This year, we are delighted to be welcoming Imtiaz Dharker as guest reader on the opening night of our conference, Friday 8 November, and Paul McVeigh on Saturday the 9th.

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet and artist, awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, 2014. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library and worked on several projects across art forms in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, as well as the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. Her six collections include Over the Moon and the latest, Luck is the Hook, and her poems have been broadcast widely on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as the BBC World Service. She also scripts and directs video films, and has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings.

 

Paul McVeigh's debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam.

Paul wrote plays and comedy with his shows touring the UK and Ireland including the Edinburgh Festival and London's West End. His short stories have been in The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Faber's Being Various, Kit de Waal's Common People, on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and Sky Arts. He co-founded the London Short Story Festival.

Paul also writes for The Irish Times and his work has been translated into seven languages.