Breaking Ground from NY to LA (almost). How Black British writers conquered the USA – Wednesday 22 June

Breaking Ground at Green Apple Books

Come and hear some of the Breaking Ground writers talking in person and on film about their experiences of touring the USA.

Event details:

  • 7.00-9.00pm, Wednesday 22 June 2016
  • Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
  • FREE but seats must be reserved: call 0207 851 2400 or e-mail

Back in 2013, Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions had an idea to promote Black British writing in the USA. Three years on and 18 Breaking Ground events later across the USA, from Chicago in the north to Atlanta in the south, from New York in the east to San Francisco in the west, nine brilliant writers have flown the flag for high quality literature from the UK’s diverse black communities. Whether poetry or fiction, travel writing, journalism or plays, the talent on display from three generations of Black British authors has led to standing ovations at sold-out events, as well as capturing the imagination of younger groups at schools and universities … and inspiring prisoners at the forbidding California Maximum Security Prison Sacramento (formerly known as Folsom Prison). 

Tonight four of the writers who took part in Breaking Ground will talk about their experiences of the tour, and you will hear from other through film. Join Karen McCarthy Woolf, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Colin Grant and Nick Makoha.

The evening will be introduced by New-York based writer and critic Hirsh Sawhney. Long linked to British writing through his journalism, Hirsh will also ‘break ground’ back by reading from his first novel South Haven, which has just been published in the USA and is a 2016 Barnes and Noble ‘Discover Great New Writers’ Pick.


Gabriel Gbadamosi – Colin Grant – Nick Makoha – Karen McCarthy Woolf – with Hirsh Sawhney

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This event is made possible by the support of Waterstones PiccadillySee the event details on the Waterstones website >>