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KU Big Read Book Club Week 5 - Growing Fashion Sense

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Price: free

KU Big Read Book Club Week 5 - Growing Fashion Sense

This summer we will be hosting our second virtual Kingston University Big Read Book Club. We are extremely excited to announce that The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu (winner of a Betty Trask Award) has been chosen as this year's Big Read. During these unique online events, you will be able to hear a wide variety of Kingston staff members and alumni relate their fields of expertise to specific chapters from The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney.

The programme spans a wide range of subjects, from heritage and identity to fashion and art. These talks will be held weekly and will provide a great opportunity to connect with your new KU community before you arrive on campus.


In our shared book, Nnenna is turning seventeen and exploring different clothing as she grows into adulthood. Joanie and Nnenna highlight how important fashion can be in getting to know yourself and how it changes and grows alongside you. We are joined today by Co-Founder and Creative Director of designer brand Akinn, Wykidd Song to discuss the fashion industry and how fashion changes over time in different areas of the world. Wykidd is joined by Tony Bedall, Head of Kingston's Department of Fashion and Dr Katherine Appleford, whose research interests straddle Sociology, Cultural Studies and Fashion. We will explore how fashion and clothing are indicative of teenage – and adult – self-expression and identity.


This week will be hosted by Wykidd Song, Director of Akinn, Tony Bedall and Katherine Appleford, Kingston University.


Relevant Chapters: 7, 13, 20

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Alison Baverstock
Email: KUBigRead@kingston.ac.uk