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Novel WritersYara Rodrigues Fowler Stubborn Archivist


Thursday 28 February 2019, 6.30–7.30pm


£5, £3 concessions

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Novel Writers

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Yara Rodrigues Fowler grew up in a Brazilian British household in London. Her debut novel Stubborn Archivist explores growing up between cultures, finding your space within them and learning to live in a traumatized body. Our stubborn archivist tells her story through history, through family conversations, through the eyes of her mother, her grandmother and her aunt and slowly she begins to emerge into the world, defining her own sense of identity. An exciting, bold, witty debut, Stubborn Archivist is unlike any book you've read, and one you won't forget.

I read Stubborn Archivist in a ravenous gulp. It's stunning: so articulate about what it means to live between two languages and countries, tenderly unravelling the knots of unbelonging.’ — Olivia Laing


Novel Writers

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books. The series is a partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Yara Rodrigues Fowler

Yara Rodrigues Fowler grew up in Brazilian British household in South London, where she is still based. Her writing has appeared in Skin Deep, Litro, and other publications. She’s a trustee of Latin American Women’s Aid, an organisation that runs the only two refuges in Europe for and by Latin American women. Stubborn Archivist is her first book.

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  • Bristol Festival of Ideas