Anietie Isong’s novel, Radio Sunrise has been shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read project. The novel which is one of the six shortlisted titles considered for staff and students to read before the 2017 academic year begins. Published in January 2017 by Jacaranda Books, the novel is a hilarious, yet sobering take on Nigeria Media Industry from a young journalist. It also has a political undertone.
Kingston University in London since 2015, has sent a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the institution as part of the Big Read campaign. The Big Read promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they arrive. The final shortlist, narrowed down from 140 suggested titles, includes authors from Scotland, and Africa
· My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal
· The Brilliant and the Forever – Kevin MacNeil
· Radio Sunrise – Anietie Isong
· The Power – Naomi Alderman
· The Elephant and the Bee – Jess de Boer
· The Penguin Lessons – Tom Mitchell
A selection panel comprising of staff and students from all faculties and departments of Kingston University will set about reading the six shortlisted titles, before choosing the official Big Read in April. The book will then be sent out to students getting set to join Kingston University for the start of the 2017/18 academic year, with a number of events scheduled throughout term to celebrate the project. Free copies of the book are also made available on campuses for all staff to join the conversation with students when they arrive.
Big Read Director, Associate Professor Alison Baverstock said the shortlisted novels are a reflection of the University’s values. “This is a really exciting list of six different titles from a range of authors who reflect the breadth and diversity of the University and our wider community,” she said.
“The aim of the scheme is to bring people together through shared reading and we’re looking forward to exploring the shortlist to find our next Big Read.”
Students and staff are encouraged to join in judging the shortlisted titles through discussion posts on Facebook, with the winning choice announced on Friday 13 April.