Dialogue on the Road

Bristol • Leeds • Glasgow

20-23 May 2019

Join us as we take our four illuminating literary authors, whose books were published this spring, to cities around the UK!

Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of the Women’s Prize-longlisted Remembered; acclaimed author of This Brutal House, Niven Govinden; and the beguiling debut authors Season Butler – Cygnet and Saskia Vogel – Permission

We have a packed schedule of bespoke and creative events, organised with community partners, that will take place throughout the day, alongside large bookshop events in the evenings.

We can’t wait to meet and share stories with you!


The Events


Dialogue Books: Start the Conversation at The Bath Festival, Literature Lounge #runthestory

Sunday 19 May | 17:30-18:30

Sharmaine Lovegrove will be talking to Niven Govinden and Saskia Vogel about their new novels publishing this year with Dialogue.

Award winning Govinden has been called ‘a true force of fierceness and beauty’ by author and journalist Olivia Laing and writer and translator Vogel’s Permission is a raw, fresh, honest and haunting literary debut. 


Discover Dialogue at Redland Library #runthestory

Monday 20 May | 17:00-18:30

Dialogue Books will be bringing Niven Govinden and Saskia Vogel to visit Redland Library.

They’ll discuss their groundbreaking new novels; exploring how their work challenges the preconceptions around their themes (which range widely and wildly between loneliness, love, family, BDSM in San Francisco and voguing in New York) and the political choices involved when writing.

Chaired by Dr Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol and Harriet Castor Jeffery of UWE, the conversation will traverse the novels’ themes, the contemporary world and the authors’ craft.

Discover Dialogue at Bristol Foyles #runthestory

Monday 20 May | 19:30-21:00

An evening celebrating the work of all four of our bold and engaging authors.

The event will be chaired by the inspiring and Bristol-based Nikesh Shukla (author of The One Who Wrote Destiny and editor of The Good Immigrant USA).

Join us for scintillating and stimulating discussion around the authors’ craft, writing from the margins and the vital importance of reading outside one’s experience.

Don’t miss this chance to catch an incredible selection of established and new talents together!

Discover Dialogue at Redgrave Theatre, Clifton College #runthestory

Tuesday 21 May | 09:00-11:30

We’re very excited to be bringing two of our fantastic authors to an event hosted by Clifton College for Bristol schools.

Season Butler and Yvonne Battle-Felton will be chaired by the brilliant Polly Ho-Yen.

Comprising of a panel discussion, Q&A session and book signing, the conversation will range from writing outside of the margins, the importance of reading outside one’s experience and exploring a range of cultural identities.

The event promises to be deeply inspiring and illuminating.


Discover Dialogue at Leeds Waterstones #runthestory

Tuesday 21 May | 19:00-20:30

Another evening to celebrate Yvonne Battle-Felton, Saskia Vogel and Season Butler. 

The event will be chaired by the brilliant Syima Aslam (director of Bradford Literature Festival) and brought together by activist publishing imprint Dialogue Books.

Discover Dialogue at Leeds Art University #runthestory

Wednesday 22 May | 11:00-12:30

We’re bringing Yvonne Battle-Felton and Saskia Vogel to an event hosted by Leeds Arts University.

They will be in conversation with Karen Tobias-Green, who is spearheading the University’s new creative writing programme.

With a concentration on the power and possibilities of storytelling, they will discuss the novels’ themes, the authors’ craft, and diversity in contemporary literature and today’s world.


Discover Dialogue at John Smith Bookshop, The Fraser Building University of Glasgow #runthestory

Thursday 23 May | 11:00-12:30

We’re bringing Season Butler and  Niven Govinden to an event hosted by the University of Glasgow.

They will be in conversation with Colin Herd, poet and lecturer in Creative Writing.

This event will be an inspiring and stimulating exploration of the authors’ craft, the novels’ themes, and the political choices to be made when we tell stories.

Discover Dialogue at  Glasgow Autonomous Space #runthestory

Thursday 23 May | 15:00-17:00

We’re bringing Yvonne Battle-Felton and Saskia Vogel to an event hosted by Glasgow Anonymous Space.

They will be in conversation with Loll Junggeburth, the founding editor of the poetry magazine RAUM.

Discover Dialogue at Category Is Books #runthestory

Thursday 23 May | 16:00-17:00

Category is Niven Govinden hosted by Glasgow’s own fiercely independent queer bookshop.

Discover Dialogue at Waterstones Argyle Street #runthestory

Thursday 23 May | 19:00-20:30

We’re rounding off the tour with one final panel event, bringing together all four of our fantastic authors.

Their conversation will be chaired by writer and content creator Tomiwa Folorunso.

About Dialogue Books

Spearheaded by publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove, Dialogue Books is home to a variety of stories from illuminating voices often excluded from the mainstream. 

Dialogue Books shines a spotlight on stories for, about and by readers from the LGBTQIA+, disability, working class and BAME communities. The imprint has a clear focus on distinctive, cross-genre titles that spark a conversation across fiction and non-fiction, commercial and literary publishing.

We are proud to be fully inclusive and celebrate the diversity of the world and the differences of individuals. We amplify voices, create networks and support communities by reminding everyone that your stories exist and are important.

Dialogue Books has built its foundations on the idea that through storytelling a dialogue is created by engaging in inclusive storytelling we can begin nuanced conversations about a multitude of experiences and can showcase narratives from across the globe.

About the Authors

Yvonne Battle-Felton

Yvonne Battle-Felton was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She is a Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. A writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, Yvonne’s work has been published in riverSedge, Assisi, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, Welter, Slices, and The Chesapeake Reader Literary Journal. Yvonne was a recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award in 2017 for Remembered.


Remembered is the debut historical fiction novel by Yvonne Battle-Felton, a story where Spring, an emancipated slave, is forced to relive a haunting past in order to lead her dying son home.


Saskia Vogel

Saskia Vogel is from Los Angeles and lives in Berlin, where she works as a writer and Swedish-to-English literary translator. She has written on power and sexuality for publications such as Paris Review Daily, The White Review, Sight and Sound, and The Offing. Previously, she worked as Granta magazine’s publicist and as an editor at the
AVN Media Network, where she reported on pornography and adult pleasure products.


Permission is a love story about people who are sick with dreams and expectations and turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they are in a desperate search for the answer to that sacred question: how do I want to be loved?

Season Butler

Season Butler is a writer, artist and dramaturg born in Washington, DC. Through her work, she explores her interest in identity and otherness, the opportunities and traps of hindsight and hope, and what it means to look forward to an increasingly wily future. An early draft of Cygnet was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian Women. She lives and works between London and Berlin.


Cygnet is the story of a young woman battling against the thrashing waves of loneliness
and depression, and how she learns to find hope, laughter and her own voice in a world that’s crumbling around her.

Niven Govinden

Niven Govinden is the author of four previous novels, most recently All The Days And Nights which was longlisted for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. His second novel Graffiti My Soul is about to go into film production. His third novel Black Bread White Beer won the 2013 Fiction Uncovered Prize. He was a judge for the 2017 4th Estate/Guardian B4ME Prize.

This Brutal House

With echoes of James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson and Rachel Kushner, Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.

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