Wed 16 March


Courttia Newland

Longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, A River Called Time, explores timely themes of social inequality and the consequent eruption of violence and riots, and of media and governments deliberately obfuscating the truth. Courttia will be in conversation with radio producer Amy Nomvula.




Courttia Newland is the author of eight books including his much-lauded debut, The Scholar. As a screenwriter, he has written episodes of Steve McQueen’s 2020 BBC series Small Axe, of which Lovers Rock was jury selected for Cannes. His most recent novel, A River Called Time, is a monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics and conscience set in parallel Londons.

Image: © Sharron Wallace

“If you want to know the story of Britain, it’s really important to read Newland. There’s a reason why the Oscar-winning McQueen is working with him.”

Lemn Sissay, Observer

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