Themes of immigration, new possibilities and unexpected challenges connect the work of the three authors taking part in our digital panel discussion on Worlds After Windrush.

Yvonne Bailey-Smith’s The Day I Fell Off My Island introduces us to a young Jamaican girl forced to leave her life behind and start anew in London; This One Sky Day sees Leone Ross tell a story of love and loss in a fictional Caribbean archipelago, while Louise Hare’s bittersweet This Lovely City invites us to witness a community turning on a once-loved Windrush musician after an unexpected incident.

While each takes a different narrative route, a spirit of world-building, society and Windrush experience runs throughout all three. Hear Bailey-Smith, Ross and Hare engage in a rich exchange during this digital event.

About The Speakers

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Yvonne Bailey-Smith

Yvonne Bailey-Smith was born in Jamaica in 1954 and immigrated to the UK in 1969. She trained and worked first as a social worker for the NHS for many years before becoming a psychotherapist. She is also a Water Aid Supporter and passionate about providing clean water and sanitation in developing countries. She is the mother of three children: novelist Zadie Smith; actor, musician and children’s book author Ben Bailey Smith; and lyricist and writer LucSkyz. Her debut novel ‘The Day I Fell Off My Island’ is shortlisted for The Author’s Club Debut Novel Award.

Leone Ross

Leone Ross was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All the Blood Is Red, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and her second, Orange Laughter, was chosen as a BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Watershed Fiction favourite. Her short fiction has been widely anthologised and her 2017 short story collection Come Let Us Sing Anyway was nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and the OCM Bocas Prize. Her third novel, This One Sky Day, was published in the UK in May 2021 with Faber & Faber and under the title Popisho in the US.

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Louise Hare

Louise Hareis a London-based writer and has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Originally from Warrington, the capital is the inspiration for much of her work, including This Lovely City and Miss Aldridge Regrets. This Lovely City was featured on the inaugural BBC TWO TV book club show, Between the Covers, and was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Louise was selected for the Observer Top 10 Best Debut Novelists list in 2020, securing her place as an author to watch. Miss Aldridge Regrets is her second novel. 


About The Chair

Leighan Renaud

Leighan Renaud is a lecturer and researcher. She completed her PhD in Caribbean literature at the University of Leicester in 2018. Her research interests include Caribbean motherhood, Caribbean women’s writing, and creative practices of neo-archiving. Leighan currently works as lecturer in English at the University of Bristol.