A Night In with Ira Mathur

A Night In with Ira Mathur

Join award-winning, Indian-born Trinidadian multimedia journalist Ira Mathur in conversation with Maggie Gee, author of The White Family, to celebrate the publication of her new book Love The Dark Days

This frank, fearless and multi-layered debut centres on a privileged but dysfunctional Indian family, with themes of Empire, migration, race, and gender.

The Victorian India elephant in the room in Ira Mathur's silk-swathed memoir Love The Dark Days is in chains. By the time calypso replaces the Raj in post-colonial Trinidad, the chains are off three generations of daughters and mothers in a family in their New World exile.

But they are still stuck in place and enduring insecurity and threats, seen and unseen.

Set in India, England, Trinidad and a weekend in St Lucia, with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott Love the Dark Days (Peepal Tree Press) follows the story of a girl, Poppet, of mixed middle-class Hindu and Elite Muslim parentage from post-independent India to her family's migration to post-colonial Trinidad.

Ira and Maggie will discuss Ira’s writing process and the frank unflinching truths revealed in her debut. Tune in for what promises to be a raw and layered event filled with humour and perceived absurdity.

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A Night In with Ira Mathur