Wednesday 13th July 2022
19:30 - 20:30 at Waterstones, London - Victoria
Join us to celebrate the launch of a Peepal Press debut, Love the Dark Days by Ira Mathur. On the evening, we present Conversations on Empire, with Ira Mathur, Amanda Smyth and Judy Raymond, hosted by Peepal Press Publisher, Jeremy Poynting.
Tickets are available from Waterstones at £6 General Admission / £16 Book and Ticket
Love the Dark Days is Ira's silk-swathed memoir. In post-colonial Trinidad, the chains are off three generations of daughters and mothers in their New World exile. Profoundly raw, unflinching, layered, but not without threads of humour and perceived absurdity, Love the Dark Days reassembles the story of a disintegrating empire.
Ira Mathur is an Indian-born Trinidadian award-winning multimedia journalist at irasroom.org and the Trinidad Guardian's longest-running columnist. In 2021 Mathur was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award for her unpublished novel Touching Dr Simone.
Amanda Smyth is Irish Trinidadian and author of three novels. Her third novel, Fortune, published by Peepal Tree Press, is shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize 2022.
Judy Raymond read Literae Humaniores at Hertford College, Oxford and holds a masters in Afro-Caribbean Studies from SOAS, London University. She is a journalist, parliamentary columnist & Editor-in-Chief of Newsday Trinidad. She is the author of four nonfiction books, including The Colour of Shadows: Images of Caribbean Slavery.
Jeremy Poynting is Peepal Tree's founder & managing editor. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds and an honorary DLitt from the University of the West Indies (Mona). In 2018 he was elected as an Honorary RSL Fellow by the Royal Society of Literature.