- This event has passed.
Launch: ‘Your Show’ by Ashley Hickson-Lovence, in conversation with Richard Balls
April 8 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join us on April 8th 2022 when Richard Balls (renowned biographer, former Sunday Times and Eastern Daily Press journalist, and passionate Norwich City Football Club supporter) will be in conversation with Ashley Hickson-Lovence, author of the upcoming Your Show: the brilliant novelisation of the life of Uriah Rennie, the Premier League’s first and only Black referee. As Nick Bradley says, “whether a fan of football or not, readers will love this novel, and its ultimate message – one of hope.”
From Jamaica to Sheffield to the recently formed Premier League, Uri rises through the ranks as a referee, making it to the the highest level of our national game. But along the way he is confronted with tensions and prejudices, old and new, which emerge as his every move is watched, analysed and commented on. Your Show is an extraordinary novel which charts one man’s pioneering efforts to make it, against the odds, to the very top of his profession and beyond.
Expect an exploration of football, race, biographising and hope, as well as a reading, wine, and general merriment!
“In prose as rhythmical as the beautiful game at its highest level, and as earthy as the stench of the lower league changing room, Your Show shadows Uriah Rennie from Jamaican childhood to Sheffield housing estate to a career of controversy as Britain’s first black Premiership referee, and from first whistle to last it enthrals and illuminates. A powerful, lyrical novel about race and masculinity and making hard choices.” – Andrew Cowan
Originally from Hackney, London, Ashley is an author, PhD student and Lecturer of Creative Writing. While working as a secondary school English teacher, he completed his MA in Creative Writing and Publishing from City, University of London and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. His debut novel The 392 was released with OWN IT! in 2019.
At The Book Hive.
Doors 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.