Gliterary lunches 2022 programme has something for everyone from crime to comedy, memoir to mystery, psychological thriller to family saga and everything else in between.

This year also sees the return of in venue events as well as online.

For International Women's Day there is a virtual lunch with inspirational author Neema Shah as she talks about her fascinating journey to publication.

The Author
Neema Shah’s parents and grandparents left India to make their homes in East Africa and later in London, where Neema was born and lives. Kololo Hill is her debut and was shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the First Novel Prize. She is currently working on her second novel.

The Book
Set in Uganda in 1972, an extraordinarily moving debut that tells the story of one family’s escape, when Amin forces them to leave: a story of loss and separation, but also ultimately of hope.

A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days. They must take only what they can carry, give up their money and never return.

For Asha and Pran, married a matter of months, it means abandoning the family business that Pran has worked so hard to save. For his mother, Jaya, it means saying goodbye to the house that has been her home for decades. But violence is escalating in Kampala, and people are disappearing. Will they all make it to safety in Britain and will they be given refuge if they do? And all the while, a terrible secret about the expulsion hangs over them, threatening to tear the family apart.

From the green hilltops of Kampala, to the terraced houses of London, Neema Shah’s extraordinarily moving debut Kololo Hill explores what it means to leave your home behind, what it takes to start again, and the lengths some will go to protect their loved ones.

The event is online, 9th March from 1pm to 2pm. To book visit:

The Leeds in venue event takes place on 21st April at Leeds Met Hotel with Claire Fuller and Laure Van Rensburg. Save the date.