February 18, 2021 @ 19:30 – 21:00 GMT
Join us as we celebrate the publication of Niven Govinden’s latest novel, DIARY OF A FILM. Niven will be joined in conversation with Rosie Dastgir via Instagram Live.
An auteur, together with his lead actors, is at a prestigious European festival to premiere his latest film.
Alone one morning at a backstreet café, he strikes up a conversation with a local woman who takes him on a walk to uncover the city’s secrets, historic and personal. As the walk unwinds, a story of love and tragedy emerges, and he begins to see the chance meeting as fate. He is entranced, wholly clear in his mind: her story must surely form the basis for his next film.
This is a novel about cinema, flâneurs, and queer love – it is about the sometimes troubled, sometimes ecstatic creative process, and the toll it takes on its makers.
But it is also a novel about stories, and the ongoing question of who has the right to tell them.
Niven Govinden is the author of five previous novels, most recently THIS BRUTAL HOUSE, which was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and shortlisted for the Polari and Gordon Burn prizes.
Rosie Dastgir is a writer and novelist, born in England to a Pakistani father and an
English mother. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the Weekend Financial Times,
New York Times Magazine, Stella, Planet Mindful, Prospect, and she has written and
presented for BBC Radio 4. Her novel, A SMALL FORTUNE, is published by Riverhead
(USA), Quercus (UK), and Editions Bourgois (France). She lives in Dalston, London.