Superbia Spotlights: An Interview with Award-winning Manchester Author, Okechukwu Nzelu
Superbia speak to the author of 'The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney'...
By Manchester's Finest | Last updated June 4th '20
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Superbia is Manchester Pride's year-round programme of arts and culture, designed to support, curate, fund and promote LGBTQ+ events throughout Greater Manchester. Superbia supports LGBTQ+ artists by promoting events through its events page and social media, funds LGBTQ+ events with Superbia Grants and by curating original events through collaboration with partners, venues, groups, curators, community members, artists and creatives. Superbia supports LGBTQ+ artists by promoting events through its events page and social media, funds LGBTQ+ events with Superbia Grants and by curating original events through collaboration with partners, venues, groups, curators, community members, artists and creatives. Manchester’s Finest has partnered with Superbia on this new series, Superbia Spotlights, which aims to shine a light on some of the incredible Superbia-supported arts and culture talent across Greater Manchester. Okechukwu Nzelu, 32, is a writer and teacher from Manchester. He read English at Girton College, Cambridge and completed the Teach First programme. In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award for The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, which is his debut novel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tANarLWQ0oY&feature=youtu.be The novel is a decade-spanning family drama that mixes humour and acute emotional observation in the story of young Nenna, her mother Joanie and their circle of friends, family and lovers, past and present. It’s an ambitious multi-racial and polysexual story that takes in the academic world of Cambridge, the chaotic sparkle of Manchester’s Canal Street and the thrilling precipice of adulthood. The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney was the winner of a 2020 Betty Trask Award and was long-listed for the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize. In the latest in our Superbia Spotlights series, Superbia Project Manager Greg Thorpe interviews Okechukwu about writing, reading, identity, racism, the power of narrative and more. ‘The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney’ is published by Dialogue Books.