ESEA Authors LitFest 2023

by | Aug 14, 2023 | IBBY NEWS, News

Poster for Lend an Ear event, by Dr. Becky Butler. It invites you to learn about disability history and personal biases by listening to her analysis of wheelchair using children in children and young adult literature. This analysis will cover literature from 1868-present.

Free event exploring the exciting literature of the region

In celebration of September as East and Southeast Asian Heritage Month, ESEA authors and artists will gather to talk about British-ESEA literature, postcolonial writing, the diaspora, and all the people and places we call home.

Come join our celebration of new, exciting ESEA novels in the UK, from children’s and YA fiction to adult fiction — literary, fantasy, speculative, and crime. Meet some wonderful ESEA authors, panel chats about curating culture, ESEA representation in fantasy and science fiction, writing the colonial story and writing in English. We will also have book signings, refreshments, prizes and lots of ESEA snacks! More details about the event can be found on The Bubble Tea Writer’s Network website.

Introductions and Welcome Note (3:00pm)
Panel 1: Curating Culture: Whose authenticity? Whose gaze? (3:20pm)
Panel 2: Do the SciFi-Fantasy Genre Mash-Up (4:30pm)
Panel 3: The Real English Deal … or No Deal? (5:40pm)
Panel 4: Telling Our Colonial Story (6:50pm)

The event will be held onsite at SOAS. To guarantee a place for the panels, you must get a ticket for each panel. Tickets are free but donations are appreciated. Please register using the link above.

This event is organised by authors from The Bubble Tea Writer’s Network with Dr Cristina Juan and Philippine Studies at SOAS.