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Making Sense of Place

Commonwealth Writers Conversation – The Untold Story: Making Sense of Place

In a panel chaired by Razia Iqbal, the novelists Michelle de Kretser, Kamila Shamsie and Monique Roffey discussed the way in which fiction illuminates the history, the geography and the spirit of place. From how events might have transpired to the importance of historical accuracy when placing fictional characters in a certain time and place, to the pressures of writing about a country like Sri Lanka and that writing becoming Sri Lanka’s story, the discussion was stimulating and wide-ranging.



Listen to a full-length recording of the panel discussion on the Hay Festival website here.


Authors Monique Roffey, Michelle de Kretser and Kamila Shamsie with Razia Iqbal


Monique Roffey
Monique Roffey, winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature


Razia Iqbal in conversation with Kamila Shamsie and Monique Roffey
Razia Iqbal in conversation with Kamila Shamsie and Michelle de Kretser