Wales Book of the Year Winner Alys Conran Reading in Berlin!

Alys Conran, who won the Wales Book of the Year Award for her debut novel “Pigeon” is coming to Berlin to read from her novels.

On Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 5pm she will read at the Centre for British Studies on Mohrenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin.

Following her successful novel “Pigeon”, Alys Conran, who teaches creative writing at Bangor University, has just last month published her second novel, entitled “Dignity”. In contrast to “Pigeon”, which cleverly includes Welsh phrases, plays with both languages, and tells the coming-of-age story of Iola and Pigeon, both from North Wales, “Dignity” concentrates on the legacy of the Raj.

The novel is partly set in India, and partly in Wales, but it is entirely written in English, and addresses the effects of imperialism in the present, and how it was lived in the past. The two most important characters are women, but we also learn what a post-traumatic stress disorder, and bereavement does to the leading male characters. Family ties, having and bringing up children, contrasting the haves and have-nots, both in imperial India, and in austerity-driven Wales, connect the two historical strands which the novel cleverly interweaves.

Alys Conran will read from both novels, and will be available for a question and answer session with the audience.

Buchlokal Pankow will provide a books table. The event was co-organised with Literature Wales.

All are welcome!



Centre for British Studies

Mohrenstraße 60

10117 Berlin

room 105, first floor