Courttia Newland: A River Called Time

Courttia Newland – one of the UK’s most celebrated writers – speaks to Guest Curator Casey Bailey about his new novel, A River Called Time: a monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics and conscience set in parallel Londons.

The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning. Years later, Markriss Denny is one of the select few granted entry. He carries with him a closely guarded secret: the ability of his spirit to leave his body
and transcend the known world.

But once in, he learns of another who carries the same power, and their existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. Denny is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself and the people he thought he once knew.

Chaired by Casey Bailey

About the speaker:

Courttia Newland is the author of nine books including his much-lauded debut, The Scholar. He co-edited The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and his short stories have featured in various anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He was shortlisted for the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library Award and the 2010 Alfred Fagon Award. In 2016 he was also awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Bursary for playwriting. As a screenwriter, he has written episodes of Steve McQueen’s 2020 BBC series Small Axe.

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Birmingham REP
Broad Street


09 Oct 2022


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


£8 / £6.40 (concs)