Behind ‘Weather With You’ – event with Abir Mukherjee & Derek Owusu
Abir Mukherjee and Derek Owusu reflect on the atmospheric pressure of the year they’ve just had in Weather With You: a discussion which takes stock of our unique moment in time and expresses hope for the future. This event compliments a series of written commissions and podcasts created by each speaker which interrogate what it means to be a writer today, and how reading and writing has got them through a turbulent period.
Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster whose debut novel, That Reminds Me, won the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020. Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling author of the award-winning Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India.
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Weather With You is part of Open Doors: a series of commissions and open submissions programmed by the National Centre for Writing, with support from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme.
About the artists
Abir Mukherjee is the Times bestselling author of the Sam Wyndham series of crime novels set in Raj era India. His debut, A Rising Man, won the CWA Endeavour Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2017 and was shortlisted for the MWA Edgar for best novel. His second novel, A Necessary Evil, won the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing and was a Zoe Ball Book Club pick. His third novel, Smoke and Ashes, was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 Best Crime & Thriller Novels since 1945. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in London with his wife and two sons. Website
Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from north London. He discovered his passion for literature at the age of twenty-three while studying exercise science at university. Unable to afford a change of degree, Derek began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures at the University of Manchester. Derek edited and contributed to Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. That Reminds Me, his first solo work, won the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020. Image (c) Josima Senior