Spoken word & Live literature

Jeet Thayil: The Book of Chocolate Saints

In this event, Man Booker Prize shortlisted author and poet Jeet Thayil joins us to discuss his new novel, The Book of Chocolate Saints, where he examines the changing social and cultural landscapes of contemporary Indian life.

From the Bombay to Beat poets, Moraes to Ginsberg, Jeet Thayil’s thrilling new work gives us a fictionalised history Mumbai’s literary scene, satirises orientalist western attitudes and navigates the complexity of the diasporic experience, while also exploring human behaviour through the lives of artists.

Jeet Thayil is truly a man of letters, with five poetry collections including These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award. He also worked as a journalist for 23 years before writing his debut novel Narcopolis, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize, and awarded the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Thayil is in conversation with Kate Webb. Kate is a critic who writes about literature, politics and film for the TLS, The Guardian and the British Library. She has worked for Faber and Faber, Channel 4 Television, the London Film Co-operative, and Rock Against Racism. She is currently writing a book of essays on the politics of bohemia.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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For ages 14+.