St Endellion Church

Sunday 25th September, 13:00-14:00

£8 | Free for accompanied under 16s and accompanied carers

In Without Warning and Only Sometimes, Kit de Waal tells how she grew up in a household of opposites and extremes. Her haphazard mother rarely cooked, forbade Christmas and birthdays, worked as a cleaner, nurse and childminder sometimes all at once and believed the world would end in 1975. Meanwhile, her father stuffed barrels full of goodies for his relatives in the Caribbean, cooked elaborate meals on a whim and splurged money they didn’t have on cars, suits and shoes fit for a prince. Both of her parents were waiting for paradise. It never came. Caught between three worlds, Irish, Caribbean and British in 1960s Birmingham, Kit and her brothers and sisters knew all the words to the best songs, caught sticklebacks in jam jars and braved hunger and hellfire until they could all escape. 

The much loved author of  My Name is Leon,  The Trick to Time, Becoming Dinah and Supporting Cast will be in conversation with legendary publisher Lennie Goodings about this extremely funny/painful memoir.

To watch Kit talking about working class writing and her work to champion it, click here.