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3rd December 2016: Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes, authors of breach
breach is the first book in the new Peirene Now! series, which will be made up of commissioned works of new fiction, each engaging with the political issues of the day. Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes visited the Calais refugee camps last Winter and interviewed the people living there. They have distilled these stories into a work of fiction about escape, hope and aspiration.
Olumide Popoola is a Nigerian German writer. Her publications include poetry and essays, the novella this is not about sadness (2010) and the play Also by Mail(2013). She lives in London, where she lectures in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.
Annie Holmes is a Zimbabwean writer and film-maker, now London-based. In addition to publishing short fiction, she has co-edited two volumes of oral narratives in the McSweeney's Voice of Witness series, Underground America and Hope Deferred.
Doors open at 7.30pm. The evening starts with drinks, and the reading will commence at 8.15pm, followed by dinner and wine. Whiskey and coffee are served at 11pm.
Tickets for each salon: £15 for Peirene 2016 subscribers, £25 for non-Peirene subscribers.
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