CANCELLED – Okechukwu Nzelu at The Lowry

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Author Okechukwu Nzelu.
Author Okechukwu Nzelu.

Okechukwu Nzelu: The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney at The Lowry, Salford, 29 March 2020, free entry - Visit now

Due to the ongoing situation with  COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.  Words Weekend Artistic Director Beth Gallimore’s statement reads:

It is with huge sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel Words Weekend at The Lowry following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe. Although this is an incredibly difficult decision, the health of authors and audiences must be the priority.

The cancellation of London Book Fair was an early indicator of the impact COVID-19 would have on our industry, and given the fast-changing nature of the situation, we feel we must act quickly and decisively.

All ticket holders will be contacted directly by the venue.

We will be pressing ahead with our plans for Bury St Edmunds in May, our spring 2021 festival at Sage Gateshead, and hope to plan another festival at The Lowry in the future.


How do you begin to find yourself when you only know half of who you are? Join Mancunian writer and teacher Okechukwu Nzelu as he discusses his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, and presents the conflicts and confusions, undoings and reimaginings we all feel while trying to figure out where it is we feel we truly belong. Hailed by Booker Prize-winning Bernardine Evaristo as ‘smart, serious and entertaining’, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney follows central character Nnenna Maloney as she approaches adulthood and longs to connect with her Igbo-Nigerian culture in a funny and tender tribute to community, faith and forgiveness; to growing up and growing into ourselves.

Okechukwu Nzelu: The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney at The Lowry, Salford

29 March 2020 6:00 pm
Free entry