WOLVERHAMPTON LITERATURE FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 26TH - SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY 2018
WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE – OR DO WE? IDENTITY, SELF AND MAKING CHANGE
WOLVERHAMPTON CENTRAL LIBRARY
Friday 26th January - 12.30pm
Author Dawn Reeves talks about her new contemporary political thriller, We Know What We Are, social action and change.
Set in the Midlands, We Know What We Are explores issues of loyalty, identity, football, local government and murder. The title of the novel comes from a well-known football chant and a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “We know what we are but not what we may be.” The story explores how our sense of ourselves affects our ability to make change in society and in a world of uncertainty and changing politics, the book looks at where we find hope in our local communities.
Erin Kelly, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said and Broadchurch called it “Authentic and wise. We Know What We Are is proof that local politics is as ruthless as anything that happens in Westminster.”
Dawn’s first novel, Hard Change, was published in 2013. Dawn has written and curated three books about the future of the public service – Holding up the Mirror – True stories of public service in a post-truth world, Walk Tall –Being a 21st Century Public Servant and Change the Ending. She has written for the Guardian and was the Writer-in-Residence at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA). Praise for Dawn Reeves’ debut novel, ‘Hard Change’, includes:
“Very compelling, tough but human.” The Guardian
“Great descriptions of people and power. Read it!” Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party