Quay Words masterclass: Memoir Writing with Nikesh Shukla

  • Exeter Custom House
  • November 13
  • 14:00 - 17:00
  • £35/25
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In this three-hour masterclass you will have the chance to dive into memoir writing with author Nikesh Shukla. This masterclass will explore techniques to address personal heritage and identity in your writing. Nikesh’s recent memoir Brown Baby has been described as ‘fizzing with humanity, life and light’, written addressed to his daughter, Brown Baby explores themes of racism, feminism and the legacy and memory of his mother.

Please note: we are intending for this masterclass to take place in-person at Exeter Custom House and will be following social distancing guidance at the time of the event. Spaces are limited to 10, book now to avoid disappointment. Please provide your full name, email address and phone number when booking.

We are offering one bursary place for this masterclass, which is available by application only (to customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk) and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. The bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need not writing ability. You can find out about how to apply for a bursary, here. We can accommodate free tickets for carers or personal assistants if needed. Please email us on customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk after booking to let us know if you would like to book one of these tickets.

Nikesh Shukla is a novelist, short story writer, editor, film writer and has written for the Guardian, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC 2.

His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was published by Quartet Books and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. His second novel, Meatspace, was published by The Friday Project.

Nikesh is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrant, where 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK. The Good Immigrant won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and is shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

He currently hosts The Subaltern podcast, an anti-panel discussion featuring conversations with writers about writing.

His most recent works are The One Who Wrote DestinyRun, Riot (2018), The Boxer (2019) and Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home (2021).