Independent book publisher Cassava Republic will launch Olumide Popoola's highly anticipated debut novel When We Speak Of Nothing at Kachette Sunday 16th July. Olumide's writing combines stream of consciousness prose with contemporary slang exploring what it means to be young, black and queer in London through the perspective of the novels 17 year old characters Karl and Abu. As well as a live reading from Olumide, the event will also feature poetry performances from Emmanuel Speaks and DJ's playing grime and Afrobeat music. The launch will also be supported by the I'm Tired Project photographic exhibition. Project co-founders Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans will be exhibiting photographs which focus on the significance and impact of micro-aggressions, stereotyping and assumptions on the LGBT+ community. Guests of the event will also be invited to participate in the exhibition by writing personal statements on their hands which will be captured on polaroid and displayed at the event. 

Venue: Kachette
Address: 347 Old St, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LP
Date: Sunday 16th July 2017
Opening hours: 18:00 –21:00
Entry: £12 including a signed copy of the book
Press: Cassava Republic, Audioboom, The Queer Truth, Afrolit