An Evening With Laura Fish: A Reading from her Novel-in-Progress 'Lying Perfectly Still' + Interview

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This event was co-organized by WeDecolonizeVUB and bookshop Pépite Blues.

Dr Elizabeth Jane Fish (also known as Laura Betton-Rodber) is a writer of Caribbean parentage. She is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Northumbria University). She has held posts as a Creative Writing tutor at St Andrews University, the University of Western Cape and the University of East Anglia, where she studied for the MA and PhD in Creative Writing. She has over 10 years’ experience with the BBC in broadcast television and radio and has been invited to read from and talk about her work internationally. She is also a Fellow of the Iowa International Writers’ Programme.

Her research interests include dialogues between writers across different cultures and geographies, narratives of cultural difference, black literature and literary criticism, the politics of marginalisation, the writers’ ethical responsibilities, issues of gender, the constructs of difference and otherness, and retrieving and rewriting hidden stories and histories. Literature and writing are central to her life and work.

Her first novel, Flight of Black Swans (Duckworth, 1995) is set in Aboriginal Australia and received very favourable reviews. Her second novel, Strange Music, (London: Jonathan Cape 2008; Vintage 2009) was Orange Prize Listed 2009; Nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2009; and selected for Pearson Edexcel's Black British Writing A level reading guide 2017/18. Her latest novel, Lying Perfectly Still, is set is Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and won the S I Leeds Readers’ Choice 2022 and took third place in the S I Leeds Judges’ Award.
Period30 Mar 2023
Event typePresentation
LocationBrussels, Belgium