Kit de Waal Season

Celebrating Identity

Flowers at Arvon Writing Centre

Kit de Waal: Arvon Writer in Residence Summer ’22

Award winning author, Kit de Waal, has become Arvon’s second Writer in Residence, curating a programme of events for Arvon. Launching in May, Kit de Waal’s series of online and in-person events has been designed for writers of all abilities to develop their craft through the theme of identity.

Kit de Waal: ‘I am delighted to introduce Celebrating Identity, a season of courses I have programmed for Arvon. For many of us, our writing is tightly bound up with how we understand our place in the world – with where we have come from and who we have become. In a spirit of openness and discovery, this season encourages each of us to celebrate our identity and to explore how it connects with and enriches our writing. My hope is that everyone who engages with the Celebrating Identity season will feel supported, invigorated and inspired to tell their story – and to write with joy and confidence.’

It is a privilege to have Kit de Waal’s Celebrating Identity programme sitting alongside Arvon’s full summer season. Kit’s programme features an exciting line-up of celebrated writers including Kerry Hudson, Ciaran Thapar and Coldwar Steve. Kit herself will be teaching two events, one online and one in-person in her hometown of Birmingham.

Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. Her second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and her young adult novel Becoming Dinah was shortlisted for the Carnegie CLIP Award 2020. She also crowdfunded and edited an anthology of working-class memoir, Common People, which was published in 2018. Kit founded the Big Book Weekend, a free digital literary festival and was named the FutureBook Person of the Year in 2019. Her latest publication, Supporting Cast, is a collection of short stories. Her memoir Without Warning and Only Sometimes is published in August 2022.