EVENT: A.M. Bakalar at Wasafiri’s Words on the Water, 21 September

Sunday, 21 September

Wasafiri‘s Words on the Water

2pm (board) – 5.15pm (disembark)

The William B River Cruiser,

Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment,

London SW1A 2JH


In celebration of Wasafiri’s 30th anniversary, six acclaimed contemporary writers share readings on the Thames for one special afternoon of ‘words on the water’. 

Come and celebrate Wasafiri’s 30th birthday on a river cruise that brings together six of the best writers representing all that is great about London — the world under one roof. Readings that cross continents and cultures meet in the capital on this boat for one special afternoon of the most amazing ‘words on the water’. With author and Guardian critic Sukhdev Sandhu, award-winning novelists A M Bakalar and Gabriel Gbadamosi and acclaimed poets Michelle Cahill, Zena Edwards and Ruth Padel. The event will be hosted by the Forward Prize winning poet Daljit Nagra. Each ticket holder will receive a free copy of Wasafiri’s 30th anniversary issue and a commemorative linen bag.

How to get there: nearest tube Westminster

Tickets:  Price £15.00 including a free copy of Wasafiri’s 30th birthday magazine

How to book:  Tickets can be purchased via the website, by calling 020 3076 0217, or by emailing wasafiri@open.ac.uk.


A.M. Bakalar was born and raised in Poland and is the first Polish woman to publish a novel in English since Poland joined the EU in 2004. Madame Mephisto is her first novel, and was among readers’ recommendations to the 2012 Guardian First Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian and The International New York Times. She was the editor of Litro Magazine Polish Issue.


(Photo: Marek Olszewski)