Join Preti Taneja - writer, educator, activist and Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University - in conversation with Juliana Mensah, writer and University of York lecturer.
Preti will discuss her award-winning nonfiction book Aftermath, an interrogation of the language of terror, trauma and grief in responding to Britain’s divisive political landscape. Revisiting a past event of violent terrorism, Preti conceptualises people’s responses, questioning how one rebuilds in the aftermath, when ‘living at the centre of a wound still fresh’.
Join us for an important conversation addressing complex and sensitive topics such as the prison system, systemic violence and trauma.
This is a Writers at York event.
You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.
Image credit: Preti Taneja portrait © Suki Dhanda
About the speakers
Preti Taneja is a writer and activist. Her first novel, We That Are Young, won the Desmond Elliott Prize and was listed for awards including the Folio Prize and the Prix Jan Michalski. It has been translated into several languages. Her second book is Aftermath, a lament on the language of prison, terror, trauma and grief, which won The Gordon Burn Prize 2022. Preti is Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She is a contributing editor at And Other Stories, and at The White Review.
Juliana Mensah is a prose and theatre writer and a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of York. She was a Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and her plays have been produced by Pilot Theatre and Live Theatre, among others. Her recent short stories have appeared in The Book of Newcastle and Test Signal, and her debut novel, Castles from Cobwebs, was longlisted for the 2021 Desmond Elliott Prize and won the inaugural NorthBound Book Award.