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Caleb Azumah Nelson: Open Water - Part of Derby Book Festival

£8

Winner of the 2021 Costa First Novel Award, Open Water is a stunning, shattering debut novel about two Black British artists falling in and out of love.

Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists - he a photographer, she a dancer - trying to make their mark in a city that celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.

At once an achingly beautiful love story and a potent insight into race and masculinity, Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength, to find safety in love, only to lose it. With gorgeous, soulful intensity, Caleb Azumah Nelson has written the most essential British debut of recent years.

Caleb will be interviewed by Dymphna Flynn, former producer of BBC Radio 4's ‘Front Row’ and ‘Bookclub’, who was one of the judges of the 2021 Costa First Novel Award.

3.30pm-4.30pm.