Support: Hannah Cooper-Smithson
Chaired by Eve Makis
Former chief rock critic at The Times, Pete Paphides currently works as a freelance music broadcaster and journalist for the Guardian, Mojo and Q. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Broken Greek, the story of his childhood growing up in the 1970’s in the Birmingham fish and chips shops of his immigrant parents. Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking between the ages of 4 and 7, and found refuge in pop music, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc. He is married to the columnist and writer Caitlin Moran. Pete will discuss his writing practice, the art of creative non-fiction and how a silent child learned to cope with the help of Abba. The event is chaired by MA Creative Writing lecturer and Writer in Residence for the Postcolonial Studies Centre, Eve Makis, and there will be a Q&A.
Support comes from Hannah Cooper-Smithson, poet and NTU Midlands4Cities-funded PhD researcher in English and Creative Writing, whose poems have just been longlisted in the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize 2020.