Drawing on my experience – from which I created my novel Sculpting the Elephant – l’ll explore the dilemmas of identity in mixed- race relationships.
Tate South Lambeth Library: 180 South Lambeth Road London SW8 1QP
Wednesday November 13th 7pm (doors open at 6.30)
Abingdon Library: The Charter, Abingdon. OX14 3LY Tel: 01235 520374
Thursday Nov 21 7 for 7.30: Tickets available on door £2 include Anglo/Indian refreshments.
Signing and Selling at Kennington Book Fair (Kennington Village Centre) Saturday Nov 30 10 am-1
Green Fair Oxford (with Oxfordfolio) @ Oxford Town Hall Sunday Dec 1 from 10am-4 pm.
I gave a similar talk at McGill University (Montreal) last Wednesday. Among the audience was a distinguished Professor of Computing. His 60th birthday was honoured by his research community with a three-day symposium, called Prakash Fest, held at Oxford University. Kerelan born Prakash made a comment that made me realise that I had got the character of Ramma right in Sculpting the Elephant. He said Ramma going alone to Oxford is rare. An Indian PhD student at McGill insisted to him, ‘I am here by myself for myself. I am not a wife!’ He said that was unusual because most female masters students accompany their husbands. I wanted Ramma to be a strong and independent woman but for readers to realise that was harder for her than for most Western women. I wanted Ramma to be like his PHD student!