Caleb Azumah Nelson: Open Water

Chaired by Casey Bailey

Caleb Azumah Nelson’s debut novel, Open Water, is at once an achingly beautiful love story about two young artists who met at a pub, and a potent insight into race and masculinity exploring what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body.

Described by the New York Times as ‘Sally Rooney meets Michaela Coel meets Teju Cole’, join us as we discuss first love, art, music and the vulnerability of being a young Black man in the UK.

This event is delivered in partnership with the Black British Book Festival.

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a 27-year-old British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in South East London. His photography was shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize and won the People’s Choice prize. His short story PRAY is shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2020. OPEN WATER is his first novel.

About this event:

Event information: This event will be available to watch live at 7pm on Thursday 24 June 2021

Event Duration: This event will last for 60 minutes

Access: This event will be hosted in Zoom webinar and you will be sent links to watch it via Zoom automatically after purchasing a ticket. You do not need a Zoom account to watch this event.

Captioning: This event will be captioned using the Zoom “Live Captioning” facility, which you can switch off if you prefer

Get involved: The authors will take questions via the Q&A function within Zoom and questions from the audience will be answered at the end of the event

This event is run by Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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24 Jun 2021


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Tickets: £5 per household.