Yara Rodrigues Fowler - there are more things | 25th May @7pm
Join us to celebrate the publication of there are more things by the amazing Yara Rodrigues Fowler.
there are more things is a novel about two women – Melissa and Catarina. Born to a well-known political family in Olinda, Brazil, Catarina grows up in the shadow of her dead aunt, Laura. Melissa, a South London native, is brought up by her mum and a crew of rebellious grandmothers. In January 2016, Melissa and Catarina meet for the first time, and, as political turmoil unfolds across Brazil and the UK, their friendship takes flight. Their story takes us across continents and generations – from the election of Lula to the London riots to the darkest years of Brazil's military dictatorship. there are more things builds on the unique voice of Yara’s debut to create a sweeping novel about history, revolution and love. In it we see sisterhood and queerness, and, perhaps, glimpse a better way to live.
Yara Rodrigues Fowler is a writer from South London. Her first novel, Stubborn Archivist, was longlisted for the Desmond Eliot and Dylan Thomas Prizes and shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2019. Her second novel, there are more things will be published in April 2022. As a work in progress, there are more things received the Society of Authors' John C Lawrence Award and was shortlisted for the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writers' Award. Yara is also a part-time organiser.
She will be joined in conversation with Andrés N. Ordorica. Andrés is a queer Latinx poet, writer, and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Drawing on his family’s immigrant history and his own third culture upbringing, his writing attempts to map the journey of diaspora and unpack what it means to be from ni de aquí, ni de allá (neither here, nor there).
His writing often addresses themes of queerness, liminality, and concepts of belonging. He has published personal essays and creative journalism on the arts, mental health, sexuality, and immigration. At Least This I Know, his debut poetry collection, is published with 404 Ink. He serves as a trustee and board member for Artlink Edinburgh. He is passionate about advocating for increased opportunities for marginalised communities to engage with the creatives arts.