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Varaidzo and Orphy Robinson present Manny and the Baby, a Bath Arts Collective Event

28 March @ 6:00 pm 7:15 pm

Manny and the Baby

The Bath Arts Collective are thrilled to celebrate the launch of a brilliant new book, Manny and the Baby, with a special evening of music and conversation. Author Varaidzo talks to Marisa Bate about the novel’s settings of modern day Bath and 1930s London; the central role that jazz plays throughout the story and the themes of family relationships, enduring love and what it means to be Black and British, now and in the past. 

They will be joined on stage by the fabulous Orphy Robinson, award winning British jazz multi-instrumentalist playing music, inspired by the book, to evoke the spirit of a 1930s jazz club. 

‘Varaidzo is the future, and Manny and the Baby is a book for the ages.’ Nikesh Shukla

Varaidzo is a writer, editor, and artist. She was previously the Digital Editor at Wasafiri, and the Arts & Culture Editor at gal-dem. Her short story ‘Bus Stop’ was shortlisted for the Guardian 4thWrite Prize 2018. She is a contributor to the bestselling anthology The Good Immigrant (Unbound, 2016) and the romance anthology Who’s Loving You (Trapeze, 2021). She has presented radio shows for BBC Radio 4, Reprezent Radio, and Worldwide FM, and moonlights as a podcast producer.

About the Curious Minds Festival

Running from 7th – 28th March, the Curious Minds Festival features over 30 book talks, live performances, film screenings, writing workshops and walking tours. Taking place across a range of fabulous venues with events to entertain, inform, connect and challenge.

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