18th November 2021
2nd December 2021
29th January 20211:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Treat yourself to a sociable, interactive lunch hour, while an award-winning author tells us the story behind the story. Rustle up a delicious lunch, pour yourself something sparkling and relax in great company.
Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for 18 years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Keen to improve her writing, Abi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London, achieving a Distinction. Her novel, The Girl with The Louding Voice won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two children.
‘I’m grateful to Abi for showing the challenges Nigerian girls face and showcasing the power of their voices.’ Malala Yousafzai
‘An amazing book… I heartily recommend [it].’ Jo Whiley, Radio 2 Book Club
Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. Her mother tells her it’s the only way to get a ‘louding voice’, the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But when her mother dies, Adunni’s life changes overnight. In need of money, her father breaks his promise, and sells his daughter into marriage. Adunni’s life, her hopes and dreams, amount to this: four goats, two bags of rice, some chickens and a new TV.
When unspeakable tragedy swiftly strikes in her new home, she is secretly sold as a domestic servant to a household in the wealthy enclaves of Lagos.
As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless house help, Adunni is repeatedly told that she is nothing. But Adunni will not be silenced. She is determined to find her voice, however she can – in a whisper, in song, in broken English – until she can speak for herself, for the girls that came before, and for all the girls who will come after.
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 guests 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.
The Virtual Gliterary Lunch Hour offers special sponsorship opportunities and tailored corporate packages : so can be a great way of keeping your company profile high while meeting in person is more challenging. Contact us for more information.
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]
Wonderful event – it was an absolute tonic being in the company of the author and listening to her read her own work. Thank you! Will be recommending your lunches!
Alexandra Lavery, TFL