Building a Better World with Words Live

Mon 15 Jun, 2020

Building a Better World with Words is a series of live digital events that took place throughout June and July 2020, brought to you by Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Five Leaves Bookshop.

These events have now passed. Keep up with our other projects on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Make sure to follow Five Leaves for more author talks at @fiveleavesbooks on Twitter and Instagram, and shop here: http://www.fiveleavesbookshop....

Over the course of the programme, we've invited eight amazing UK & international authors to talk about their works and share their personal story. We discussed the importance of literature during lockdown and which books are bringing solace during these challenging times.

All the events of the programme are free. They are easy to access online, too. We’re using Zoom to host the events, so simply register using the links available and make sure you’ve downloaded Zoom to your device before we start. The event will be BSL interpreted live, and later made available as a captioned video on our YouTube channel.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions in an audience Q&A session at the end of each event, and you will be able to buy copies of the featured books from Five Leaves Bookshop’s website with an exclusive bundle offer. Works by any of the appearing authors will be available at 3 books for the price of 2 - and, for the first event, the offer will be extended to any book by previous Women's Prize winners.


Event Archive


with Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage
and Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

We kicked off the programme with #ReadingWomen – a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction with writer and founder of the prize, Kate Mosse in conversation with Tayari Jones and Ann Patchett on 25th June at 7pm. The event was a collaboration with Iowa City of Literature.

This event has passed. Please find the full event recording available on YouTube.



Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self
in conversation with Christine Dwyer Hickey,
author of Tatty

On Thursday the 2nd of July, we collaborated with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature to invite award-winning Irish authors Emilie Pine and Christine Dwyer-Hickey to join us online. They be discussed their works in conversation with Deirdre from Five Leaves Bookshop and Alison Lyons, Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

This event has passed. Please find the full event recording available on YouTube.



Thursday 16th July, 7pm

Philippe Sands and Stephan Collishaw in conversation with Keith Kahn-Harris

Next in our event series, we invited Philippe Sands QC, author of the best-selling and multi award-winning 'East West Street', to discuss his latest book, 'The Ratline' a story of love, lies and justice. Stephan Collishaw is the founder of Noir Press, translating Lithuanian fiction. His novel 'The Song of the Stork’ is a story of hope, love and survival, of one woman finding a voice as the voices around her are extinguished. They were in conversation with Keith Kahn-Harris.

This event has passed. Please find the full event recording available on YouTube.


Thursday 30th July, 7pm

Rachel Joyce and SJ Watson in conversation with Sandeep Mahal

Faber Academy’s bestselling alumni, Rachel Joyce and SJ Watson discussed their new books, paths to publication and experiences of film adaptations with Sandeep Mahal.

SJ Watson’s first novel ‘Before I Go To Sleep’, became a phenomenal international success. His new jumpy thriller ‘Final Cut’ is all about time and memory - how and what we remember and how and what we try to forget.

Rachel Joyce is the award-winning author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Her new novel 'Miss Benson's Beetle' is an uplifting, irresistible novel about two very different women on a life-changing adventure where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves - together.

This event has passed. Please find the full event recording available below.


Event Recordings on Demand


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