Beneath the ‘suburban skies’ of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames there is an incredibly diverse and lively cultural life. My column is a new regular monthly platform to promote the arts in Twickenham. On 4th and 5th March St Mary’s University will be hosting a Festival of the Humanities, which includes Professor Sarah Churchwell delivering a keynote on ‘The Importance of the Humanities’ and ‘Blues Dharma’: Fusion music with veena, tabla, and guitar. World Book Day is Thursday 5th March.
If you have a teen at school look out for ‘Split’, which is one of the special £1 books released to mark the day this year. This is a great little story written by St Mary’s MA graduate Muhammad Khan. Muhammad has published two Young Adult novels: the award-winning I Am Thunder and Kick the Moon. Two local debut novelists are published this spring, Louise Fein’s People Like Us, the book launch is at St Mary’s University on 13 May; and Elizabeth Kay’s spellbinding literary thriller Seven Lies. I understand that Kay’s deal is worth seven figures! The events at St Mary’s University are open to the general public. More next month!
Dr Richard Mills is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Contact: richard. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @runkerry