Namina Forna: The Gilded Ones

Saturday 31 July 2021

The Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021

The Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021

Namina Forna: The Gilded Ones
Saturday 31 July, 2.30 - 3.30pm
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions), £2 for 16-25s
Ages 13+

In a very special event, the festival is joined by best-selling author of the epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna, in conversation with writer Natasha Bowen. While growing up in Sierra Leone, Namina was told magical stories about the folklore of Africa but when she moved to the US, she found this magic disappeared and the Black characters that she read about were often written as outdated stereotypes. So she decided to create her own characters and now Namina loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads. 

In The Gilded Ones, when 16-year-old Deka starts bleeding gold, everyone thinks she’s a monster…until actual monsters invade the kingdom. Now, it’s up to Deka and other girls like her to save it. Hear Namina talking about her best-selling book as well as what inspires her as a writer.

Namina will be in conversation with Natasha Bowen, who is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Her debut book, Skin of the Sea, was inspired by her passion for mermaids and African history, and is published by Penguin this November.

This event will be pre-recorded and a link will be sent out to you. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).


Full details of how to join the event will be sent once you have booked your place.  


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