History and Fiction Through the Gaps
The two-day workshop will consist of discussions around the place of history and/or its silences in writing post-colonial fiction. This will be followed by workshop critiques of works from the fellows. The event will end with a book launching of Gina Apostol’s newest novel, Insurrecto.
Gina Apostol’s third book, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her newest novel, Insurrecto, is published by Soho Press.
Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines.
Ten writing fellows will be selected on the basis of submitted works of fiction (short story, novel chapters) or creative non-fiction. The workshop is open to all UK residents of at least six months or more, of South East Asian origin, and writing in English. Submissions that are not originally written in English should have an English translation. Works need to be original and unpublished with a maximum count of two thousand words.