Kit de Waal

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Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. In 2022 it was adapted for television by the BBC.
Her second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women's Prize and her young adult novel Becoming Dinah was shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Award 2020. A collection of short stories, Supporting Cast was published in 2020. An anthology of working-class memoir, Common People was crowdfunded and edited by de Waal in 2019. de Waal founded her own TV production company, Portopia Productions and the Big Book Weekend, a free digital literary festival in 2020 and was named the FutureBook Person of the Year 2019. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor and Writer in Residence at Leicester University. Her memoir Without Warning and Only Sometimes was published in August 2022.

Events for Kit de Waal
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Childhood on the Edge: Kit de Waal & Lemn Sissay

Childhood on the Edge: Kit de Waal & Lemn Sissay

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 20:00-21:00Venue: Al Baraha I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 239 
AED 60
What is it like to grow up in a dysfunctional environment, ignored, neglected an... Read More
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Film Screenings
Kit De Waal: My Name is Leon Film Screening

Kit De Waal: My Name is Leon Film Screening

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 19:00-21:00Venue: MBRL Theatre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: EnglishSession No: 117 
AED 25 - AED 45
We are delighted to screen the acclaimed film adaptation of Kit de Waal’s My Nam... Read More
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Mirrors & Doors in Publishing: Jessica Smith, Sadia Anwar & Shahd Al Shammari

Mirrors & Doors in Publishing: Jessica Smith, Sadia Anwar & Shahd Al Shammari

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 15:00-15:50Venue: 4th Floor Conference Room 4, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: EnglishSession No: 34 
AED 60
Inclusion in publishing is a topic that has been much discussed yet rarely acted... Read More
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