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Durham Book Festival
Sat 15 Oct 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Durham Book Festival 2022

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Kit de Waal: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood image

Part of Durham Book Festival.
Kit de Waal grew up in a household of opposites. Her haphazard mother forbade Christmas and birthdays, and believed the world would end in 1975. Her father sent barrels of goodies to his relatives in the Caribbean, cooked elaborate meals, and splurged money they didn’t have.
Caught between three worlds, Irish, Caribbean and British in 1960s Birmingham, Kit and her siblings knew all the words to the best songs, caught sticklebacks in jam jars and braved hunger and hellfire until they could all escape.
Without Warning and Only Sometimes is a story of an extraordinary childhood and how a girl who grew up in house where the Bible was the only book on offer went on to discover a love of reading that inspires her to this day.
Kit de Waal is the author of the novels My Name is Leon and The Trick to Time and editor of the Common People anthology. My Name is Leon was adapted for the BBC, starring and produced by Sir Lenny Henry.
Kit will be interviewed by a special guest, to be announced.