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How I Got Started Writing My Debut Novel

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Natasha Brown’s debut novel, ‘Assembly’, was snapped up by a major publisher in late 2020, with a six-figure pre-empt. But far from being your typical member of the literary elite, Natasha spent ten years working in financial services before putting pen to paper. Join us for a chat with Natasha about getting started on a book, from getting over imposter syndrome to the practical routines that helped her to get words on the page, and the powerful themes she communicates through ‘Assembly’.


Speakers

Natasha Brown has spent a decade working in financial services, after studying Maths at Cambridge University. She developed her book, ‘Assembly’, after receiving a 2019 London Writers Award in the literary fiction category. The narrator of ‘Assembly’ is a Black British woman, who is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend's family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can't escape the question: is it time to take it all apart? ‘Assembly’ is a story about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. It's about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life. Natasha will be in conversation with Sharmadean Reid, Founder & CEO of The Stack World.


Agenda

In this conversation, Natasha and Sharmadean will talk about the themes of identity, power and community that Natasha interrogates in ‘Assembly’, as well as her transition from financial services to writing.


Preparation

A copy of 'Assembly'!


How I Got Started Writing My Debut Novel

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Wed, 30 Jun 2117:00 - 18:00 UTC

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