Novel London Presents … New Writing at Emberton’s


New Fiction at Emberton’s with J J Bola

Saturday 29 April 2017, 13:00-13:450 – free, places must be reserved

Writers of the World Unite, Waterstones Piccadilly, London, W1J 9DH

‘Dad, can I ask you something?’ Jean asked, with a croak in his throat, voice breaking, falling apart like an abandoned building with no foundation to hold it up. ‘Yes, of course.’ ‘What is a refugee?’

With a vivid cast of characters and luminous prose, and shifting between London, Brussels and the Congo, No Place To Call Home is a debut about belonging, identity and immigration, of hope and hopelessness, of loss … and love. Come and hear J J Bola read the first chapter of this moving and poetic first novel.

New Crime Writing at Emberton’s with Winnie M Li

Sunday 30 April 2017, 13:00-13:450 – free, places must be reserved

Writers of the World Unite, Waterstones Piccadilly, London, W1J 9DH

Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society. On a bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, their paths collide, with devastating consequence …

Want to know more? Come and hear author Winnie M Li read the first chapter of her award-winning novel, Dark Chapter, which is just out.


Part of Writers of the World Unite festival, produced with Little Atoms and Waterstones Piccadilly. Full information and tickets here:

A Kinshasa-born, London-raised writer, poet and educator, J J Bola has published three books of poetry. His work is centred on a narrative of empowerment, humanisation and healing of trauma as well as discovery of self through art, literature and poetry. J J Bola reads at shows and festivals across the UK and the US. 

Winnie M Li is a writer and producer. She was Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger 2015 and won second place in the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016. She lives in London yet is somewhat addicted to travel. Her first novel is Dark Chapter. 

Novel London is a monthly event that takes place in bookshops and venues where novelists read out their opening chapter to a live audience. It is the only event of its kind where the readings are professionally recorded, edited and uploaded to reach a global audience using social media and online platforms. The aim is to get more people into bookshops and to connect writers with readers. It has showcased emerging and established writers. For further details, please visit the website