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Courttia Newland

A River Called Time

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Thursday 24 June, 7pm: £Pay What You Can


“If you want to know the story of Britain, it’s really important to read Newland. There’s a reason why the Oscar-winning McQueen is working with him”
- Lemm Sissay

“A master storyteller returns with this piece of astonishing speculative fiction, interrogating social inequality, the complexities of truth and the very essence of what it is to be human, all in Newland’s precise and powerful prose”
- Nikesh Shukla

The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning...


Set in an alternate world where slavery and colonialism never happened, A River Called Time {Canongate 2021] is at once a timely exploration of social inequality and a story about love and the search for the truth.


Courttia Newland has published eight works of fiction including his lauded debut novel, The Scholar. A forthcoming collection of speculative fiction stories, Cosmogramma, will also be published this year.


As a screenwriter he has co-written two feature length films for the Steve McQueen BBC series Small Axe, of which Lovers Rock was jury selected for Cannes, and opened New York Film Fest 2020. Small Axe won the LA Critics Circle award 2020 for Best Picture. Impact, an original feature, and The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be, a science fiction short, are currently in development with Film Four.


Newland’s short stories have appeared in many anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and included in Best of British Short Stories 2017. He has been awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Bursary for playwriting. He was previously associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing.


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