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Locks: Ashleigh Nugent in conversation with Frank Cottrell Boyce + music from DJ Rasp

Admission £15
Start Time 19:00
End Time 20:30

Writing on the Wall are proud as punch to host the launch of writer, spoken word artist and activist, Ashleigh Nugent’s debut novel Locks.

Ashleigh was a former finalist in WoW’s own Pulp Idol Novel writing competition, from which the original first chapter of Locks was published in Pulp Idol – Firsts 2014. Ashleigh gained representation by The Liverpool Literary Agency and was signed to Picador Books in 2021.

Locks tells the story of Aeon, a teenager from a multicultural background living in Liverpool who is struggling to find his Black roots and understand the Black identity imposed upon him by his friends and community. Despite having a Black dad and cousin, Increase, they do not fulfill his desire to connect with his heritage. Aeon’s father focuses on social climbing and ignores race, while Increase disrespects Black culture due to his father’s death as a Yardie gangster.

Frank Cottrell Boyce was born in Liverpool in 1959 to an Irish Catholic family. He graduated from Keble College, Oxford, where he continued his studies to receive a doctorate in English. Boyce became a screenwriter, notably for the long-running British soap Coronation Street, where he met Michael Winterbottom. The two collaborated on a number of film projects.

In addition to original scripts, Cottrell Boyce adapted novels for the screen and soon began written children’s fiction. In 2004 his debut, Millions won the Carnegie Medal. His novel Framed was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year as well as the Carnegie Medal. His 2009 novel Cosmic was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2013, Boyce was made an Honory Doctor of Literature at Edge Hill University. He has also written a few episodes for Doctor Who.

DJ Rasp is true party rocker behind a set of decks, he made a name for himself on the battle scene winning 8 British DJ Titles (DMC and IDA champion). You can find Rasp captivating crowds in clubs and events worldwide with a healthy balance of musical selection, showmanship, and technical skills.

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