Cristina Ali Farah has garnered much acclaim throughout her career for her profound and emotionally-resonant explorations of home, family, trauma and reconciliation in the context of immigration and colonialism. No matter what form of writing Farah chooses to experiment with – novels, short stories, poetry or plays – she ultimately sees her writing as an important vehicle for communicating and disseminating a certain set of experiences that aren’t readily available for readers to discover and learn about.
In Poland, Jakub Żulczyk has become one of the poster children (alongside fellow Festival participants Dorota Maslowska and Jakub Malecki) for an entirely new generation of writers who continue to challenge social and artistic norms through narrative. Inspired by the stories of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, there’s a similar bleakness and cynicism at play in Żulczyk’s work that has continued to disturb and captivate readers in equal measure.
Sarah Winman’s Tin Man is not the kind of book you simply put down at the end of a reading session before getting on with your life.
If the buzz is to be believed, she’s crafted a tear-jerker for the ages. It’s a simultaneously epic and intimate tale about the past and present love shared by two men; one is an aspiring artist forced to work in an car factory and the other is married to a woman with whom he has built an entirely new life. As their love triangle unfolds, Winman explores what happens when we shut out those closest to us with the book’s title serving as a thematic reference to the character of the same name in The Wizard of Oz.