DATE: 8th Sept, 2022
TIME: 20:00 (Amsterdam & Paris) / 19:00 (London & Lagos) / 14:00 (New York & Nassau)
This Hostel Life
Writer’s Flock presents a virtual event celebrating the work of Melatu Uche Okorie, Nigerian-born Irish author of This Hostel Life. Join host Strange Birds host Derville Quigley in an hour-long conversation and readings, followed by an audience Q&A with Melatu.
‘A landmark book by an important new voice in Irish writing; these are the stories we need to read’―Emilie Pine
Both an accomplished academic and an award-winning author, Melatu’s writing is daringly prescient and probes at the question of who and what gets to be included as part of the Irish literary canon. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies including, Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber & Faber) and The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish short stories (Head of Zeus). “We as migrants are used to being spoken for, yet these are our experiences,” says Melatu Uche Okorie. In one of her stories, her nuanced writing shines a light on the injustice of the direct provision system and on the insidious racism experienced by migrant women living in Ireland. While in another, her pared-back prose unpacks confronting moments experienced in a writers’ crit group.
About This Hostel Life
‘These fresh, devastating stories are compelling. Melatu Uche Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know. She takes us to places we might not want to go within ourselves and to worlds we haven’t seen before in Irish writing.’ Lia Mills
‘Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say – and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining.’ Roddy Doyle
This event will take place online via Zoom. Register your interest via the button link below and you will be provided with links to join all Writers Flock online events at least one hour before each event starts. This event will be recorded. Places are limited.