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New Words Festival: J.A. Mensah, author of Castles from Cobwebs

Friday 26th March 2021 at 6:30pm

Time to Read and Halton Libraries are thrilled to host: J.A. Mensah, author of Castles from Cobwebs.

J.A. Mensah joins Halton Libraries for a discussion about her debut novel (Winner of the NorthBound Book Award) Castles from Cobwebs.

J.A. Mensah is a writer of prose and theatre. Her plays have focused on human rights narratives and the testimonies of survivors. Her short stories appear in several collections, including those published by other Northern independent presses. Castles from Cobwebs, her first novel, won the inaugural NorthBound Book Award.

The event will take place as a live stream on youtube.  Booking is available through Eventbrite.   After you register, you will receive an email closer to the date with the link to the event.

This event is part of the New Words Festival. For details on our other events visit Time to Read .

 Castles from Cobwebs

‘I’d always known that I was Brown. Black was different though; it came announced. Black came with expectations, of rhythm and other things that might trip me up.’ Imani is a foundling.Rescued as a baby and raised by nuns on a remote Northumbrian island, she grows up with an ever-increasing feeling of displacement. Full of questions, Imani turns to her shadow, Amarie, and her friend, Harold. When Harold can’t find the answers, she puts it down to what the nuns call her “greater purpose”. At nineteen, Imani answers a phone call that will change her life: she is being called to Accra after the sudden death of her biological mother. Past, present, faith and reality are spun together in this enthralling debut. Following her transition from innocence to understanding, Imani’s experience illuminates the stories we all tell to make ourselves whole.

Castles from Cobwebs is available to buy from Saraband on their website and will soon be available to borrow in libraries.

This event is made possible through public funding from Arts Council England.