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Kevin Jared Hosein is one of the striking new Caribbean voices to be revealed to the literary world. His latest novel, Hungry Ghosts, which delves into colonisation in his native Trinidad and Tobago, has been lauded by Bernadine Evaristo and the late great Hilary Mantel for its page-turning intensity. Kevin speaks with Julie Hill about balancing teaching with writing, what becoming a republic has meant for his home country and what ghosts remain of the colonial past. 

Listen to Kiran’s review of Hungry Ghosts on RNZ here.

“Hungry Ghosts is an astonishing novel – linguistically gorgeous, narratively propulsive and psychologically profound.” – Bernadine Evaristo.

“This is a deeply impressive book, and I think an important one. Energy and inventiveness distinguish every page.” – Hilary Mantel.


Supported by Kā Waimaero | Ngāi Tahu Centre. 

In association with Byron Writers Festival and The Wheeler Centre.


This session was a live event on the 26th of August and can now be watched at home On Demand until 11.59pm, Sunday 17 September. To book your On Demand ticket, click GET TICKETS. Buy one session for $15, or all 12 sessions for $120.

The livestream of this session is offered as part of the WORD Book Club.

17 Sep - 17 Sep 2023
The Piano, 156 Armagh St 11:59 pm - 11:59 pm $15
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