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The Kingston University Big Read Author Event 8th December 2021

8th December from 4-6pm

Join Kingston University for an author talk and book signing from their 2021 KU Big Read author Okechukwu Nzelu. This will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to ask him questions about his university experiences, his book, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney and even have their book signed!

The event is also live-streamed. For bookings and more information visit the Kingston University website.

About The Big Read

Kingston University has a really strong sense of community and since 2015/16 we have been building this through the development of our award-winning Kingston University Big Read. This is our 7th year of the KU Big Read.

First offered in 2015, the Big Read aims to make those coming to the university feel welcome before they arrive, and create links between them and the staff and students already here.
On meeting their offer, each new student (undergraduate and postgraduate) will receive a free copy of that year’s special edition Kingston University Big Read title. Current students and staff will be invited to help themselves to a free copy from one of the many locations across each of the University’s five campuses – and they will be available by the end of June, so they can be taken away on holiday and discussed with wider family and friends.

The scheme is based on similar projects in the US which have shown that creating a community through shared reading before students arrive helps them feel welcome, settle in quickly – and adjust to their new life as a student. Whereas a few universities in the UK have experimented with reading schemes linked to specific types of books (e.g. prize winners) within particular faculties, Kingston is the first UK university to establish a scheme on such a wide scale, and to involve both the full university as well as the local community. Over the years we have shared our books with libraries, local schools and a homeless shelter as well.

Okechukwu Nzelu is a Manchester-based writer. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. In 2020 his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney (Dialogue Books/Little,Brown), won the Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Polari First Book Prize. In 2021, it was selected for the Kingston University Big Read. He is a regular contributor to Kinfolk magazine. His second novel, Here Again Now, will be published by Dialogue Books/Little,Brown in March 2022.

Okechukwu Nzelu

Okechukwu Nzelu is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
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