An Evening with Kit de Waal

Tuesday 4th October, 7:30pm 

Award-winning author of ‘My Name Is Leon’, Kit de Waal, will be joining us this autumn as part of The Hive’s ‘Migrating Communities’ cultural programme. Kit will be in conversation with BBC H&W radio presenter Nina Das Gupta to discuss her new memoir, ‘Without Warning and only Sometimes’, a book that explores her experience of growing up in a mixed heritage household in Birmingham during the 1960s, and how her upbringing has had an impact on her writing. 

Recently serialised on BBC Radio 4, ‘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 has built a wide and loyal following of readers for her extraordinary stories of apparently ordinary lives.  

About the author 

Kit de Waal is the author of the novels ‘My Name is Leon’, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and ‘The Trick to Time’, which was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and a short story collection, ‘Supporting Cast’. She is also editor of the ‘Common People Anthology’, and co-founder of the Big Book Weekend festival. ‘My Name is Leon’ tells the story of a child struggling to find his place in the world as he enters the foster care system and was recently adapted as a one-hour film for BBC1. 

How to book 

We expect this to be a popular event and booking is essential. Places are limited and we are offering two ticketing options. 

Option 1 tickets are £15.50 per person. Price includes a hardback copy of Kit’s memoir ‘Without Warning and only Sometimes’, which you can get signed on the night. Copies of ‘My Name is Leon’ will also be available to purchase at the event – Book here 

Option 2 tickets are £5.50 per person. This is for entry to the event only, however, you will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of her memoir, plus a copy of ‘My Name is Leon, at the event – SOLD OUT