24th November 2022
9th March 20221:00 pm - 2:00 pm
To mark International Women's Day why not gather a group together onine and treat yourselves to a sociable, interactive lunch hour, while an award-winning writer tells us the story behind the story. Rustle up a delicious lunch, pour yourself something sparkling and relax in great company.
Neema Shah’s parents and grandparents left India to make their homes in East Africa and later in London, where Neema was born and lives. Kololo Hill is her debut and was shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the First Novel Prize. She is currently working on her second novel.
Set in Uganda in 1972, an extraordinarily moving debut that tells the story of one family’s escape, when Amin forces them to leave: a story of loss and separation, but also ultimately of hope.
A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days. They must take only what they can carry, give up their money and never return.
For Asha and Pran, married a matter of months, it means abandoning the family business that Pran has worked so hard to save. For his mother, Jaya, it means saying goodbye to the house that has been her home for decades. But violence is escalating in Kampala, and people are disappearing. Will they all make it to safety in Britain and will they be given refuge if they do? And all the while, a terrible secret about the expulsion hangs over them, threatening to tear the family apart.
From the green hilltops of Kampala, to the terraced houses of London, Neema Shah’s extraordinarily moving debut Kololo Hill explores what it means to leave your home behind, what it takes to start again, and the lengths some will go to protect their loved ones.
A moving portrayal of a family uprooted from a life they have worked so hard for. At times devastating, I found myself gripped to this story rooted in our history yet scarily still relevant. Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City
At each lunch one compelling award-winning author talks about their book and inspirations, and then answers any questions from the Chair and guests. Previous virtual lunches have featured the award-winning Sophie Hannah, the fantastically indomitable Ruby Wax, the wise and warm Fern Britton and the prolific best seller Louise Candlish. We have welcomed guests from all over the UK as well as much further afield including Switzerland, Singapore and South Africa.
Both authors and guest have found our Virtual Lunch Hour platform (Crowdcast) so easy to use: it allows for lots of chat, questions and social interaction making these virtual events incredibly sociable and interactive. Just click on the Book Now button, pay for your place and we will send you the link.
For those of you looking for corporate entertaining opportunities, why not book several places and then meet up on zoom or a similar platform to chat about the book afterwards.
To book your space for this virtual Gliterary Lunch, just click the Book Now button. Once payment has been received, we will send you a registration email from Crowdcast which is the platform we use to host our virtual lunches.
Group Bookings: Please note that if you are paying for multiple places, you need to supply email addresses for all attendees. If you are booking on behalf of an organisation and need an invoice rather than paying by payment card, contact [email protected]
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call us on 07525 791454 or email [email protected]
Excellent speakers, food and company - great event, not to be missed.
Daniela Gardiner, Panasonic