5 speakers 15 minutes each

Kim Sherwood

Kim Sherwood is a multi award-winning novelist, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and also teaches writing in schools and prisons. Her debut novel, Testament (2018), was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, and won the Bath Novel Award and Harper's Bazaar Big Book Award. In 2019, Kim was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

Testament, follows the impact of the Holocaust in Hungary on three generations of a family, from 1944 to the present day. The novel explores identity, family, and belonging – and asks what duty we carry to the past. Kim will talk about the role of research in fiction, searching for her story in the archive, and on the ground, from the streets of Budapest, to the former ghetto Theresienstadt. Kim's grandmother is a Holocaust Survivor, and her grandfather was the actor George Baker.