We are absolutely delighted to welcome Candice Carty-Williams to Hackney to celebrate the new paperback edition of QUEENIE, her bestselling debut novel. Candice will be joined in conversation by Sareeta Domingo.
Candice Carty-Williams’ hilarious, heartbreaking and redemptive coming of age story Queenie grapples with the daily realities of living as a black woman in London. Everyday racism, some really uncomfortable-to-read behaviour on internet dates, micro aggressions at work, bad flat shares, self sabotage and a displaced search for comfort in all the wrong places, Queenie’s need for belonging in a city which consistently denies her space, and the dehumanising comments from ‘well meaning white people’ makes this book a comment on systemic racism and issues of mental health particular to the black female experience. At the heart of the story is Queenie’s own realisation that she has to finally face the childhood trauma she has long tried to ignore, making this novel a hymn to understanding yourself, the real love story that is female friendship and finally taking up the space you deserve.
Candice Carty-Williams was born in 1989, the result of an affair between a Jamaican cab driver and a dyslexic Jamaican-Indian receptionist. She is a journalist, screenwriter, and author of the Sunday Times bestselling Queenie, a book described as ‘vital’, ‘disarmingly honest’ and ‘boldly political’. In 2020, Candice became a weekly book columnist for Guardian Review. In 2016, she created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) Short Story Prize, the first inclusive initiative of its kind in book publishing. As a journalist she has written for the Guardian, i-D, Vogue International, every iteration of the Sunday Times, BEAT Magazine, Black Ballad and more.
Sareeta Domingo is the author of The Nearness of You (Piatkus, 2016), If I Don't Have You (Jacaranda Books, 2020) and editor and contributing writer of upcoming romantic fiction anthology Who's Loving You (Trapeze, 2021). She has also written numerous erotic short stories and an erotic novella with Pavilion Books. Her books for Young Adults are published under S.A. Domingo, including Love, Secret Santa (Hachette Children's, 2019). She has contributed to publications including gal-dem, Stylist and Token Magazine, and has taken part in events for Hachette Books, Winchester Writers’ Festival, Black Girls Book Club and Bare Lit Festival among others. She lives in South East London.