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Pigeon English author visits Big Read finale

Students receiveing their copies of Pigeon English in September with Dr Madhu Krishnan

7 November 2014

The University of Bristol Big Read will culminate in a visit from Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English, on Thursday [13 November].

Members of the public are invited to a reading by Stephen which will be followed by a discussion about his novel. Audience members will be invited to ask the writer questions and join in a discussion based on their experiences of reading the book.

For this year’s Big Read every first-year student was given a free copy of Pigeon English, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011. A series of events followed where students could discuss and take part in activities based on their shared understanding of the book.

The Big Read is part of the Man Booker Prize Foundation Universities Initiative, which seeks to encourage first year university students to read, engage with and appreciate the very best of contemporary fiction.

Pigeon English tells the story of Harrison Okupu - an 11-year-old Ghanaian immigrant living on a council estate in London - as he attempts to solve the murder of a local young boy.

This is the last event in the series and is free and open to all.

‘Stephen Kelman in Conversation: The University of Bristol Man Booker Big Read’ takes place at 6pm on Thursday 13 November at the Victoria Rooms. To book your place visit the website.

For more information please email Dr Madhu Krishnan

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