In this exclusive event, award-winning Young Adult writer Angie Thomas comes to Bradford all the way from Jackson, Mississippi, for an in conversation event, hosted by poet Sophia Thakur. Join Angie to hear her story, and more about her ground-breaking novels The Hate U Give (now a major motion picture) and On The Come Up. You will have the chance to enjoy Sophia’s heart-wrenching poetic response to THUG, ‘Poetry For The Mandem’, ask Angie your questions, and have your books signed!

Stick around after the talk for the chance to meet Angie herself, refreshments will be provided at this relaxed and informal, once-in-a-lifetime event. 

This event will also launch the festivals exciting new Young Adult Programme. Keep an ear to the ground for more details to be announced soon!

About The Host

Sophia Thakur

A multi-award-winning writer and poet, Sophia Thakur is a unique voice. She has collaborated with the likes of MTV, NIKE, TEDx, and performed her work at some of the UK’s biggest music festivals and venues including Glastonbury, Roundhouse, Tate Britain and many more. Sophia’s debut poetry collection  SOMEBODY GIVE THIS HEART A PEN was published in October 2019.



About The Author

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas’ debut novel The Hate U Give is a New York Times Number 1 Bestseller, as well as the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year, joint winner of a British Book Award, and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It became a major motion picture in 2018. Her second novel, On the Come Up was released in February 2019.