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Keeping the House: Tice Cin in Conversation with Lola Olufemi

7 September 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm BST


Tice Cin discusses her electrifying debut novel, a story of community, migration, and love told via the Turkish Cypriot underworld of North London

To mark the return of our much-missed in-person events programme, we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Tice Cin to read from and discuss her incredible debut novel, KEEPING THE HOUSE. Tice will be joined in conversation by Lola Olufemi, a pairing that feels perfect for our first in-person event since February 2020, and we’d love it if you could be there!

The Turkish variety are prized for their enlarged leaf bud; that’s where we put the heroin . . .

Ayla has a plan. There’s a stash of heroin; just waiting to be imported. No one seems sure what to do with it; but Ayla’s a gardener; and she knows.

From secretive men’s clubs to spotless living rooms; KEEPING THE HOUSE is an electrifying debut that lifts the lid on a covert world. But just as it offers a fresh take on the London drug trade and its machinery; it tells the story of three women in one house: a grandmother; a mother; and the daughter; each dealing with the intricacies and reverberations of community; migration and love.

[Read an excerpt of KEEPING THE HOUSE]

Tice Cin is an interdisciplinary artist from north London. A London Writers Award-winner, her work has been published by Extra Teeth and Skin Deep and commissioned by places like Battersea Arts Centre and St Paul’s Cathedral. An alumnus of Barbican Young Poets, she now creates digital art as part of Design Yourself – a collective based at the Barbican Centre – exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything. A producer and DJ, she is releasing an EP, Keeping the House, to accompany her debut novel of the same name.

Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer and CREAM/Stuart Hall foundation researcher from London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship to cultural production, political demands and futurity. She is author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020), Experiments in Imagining Otherwise, forthcoming from Hajar Press in 2021 and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.

Venue Information

We’ve waited until now in order to ensure that we could host an event that complies with all current Covid-related guidelines, in order to minimise any risks to our audience, participants, and team. We’re delighted to be partnering with St Thomas’ Church, Clapton Common whose Garden Room will provide us with enough space for adequate social distancing as well as some lovely big windows to ensure proper ventilation. We’ll ask that you wear a mask when entering, leaving, and moving around the venue (but feel free to remove it whist seated if you wish).


The Garden Room is adjacent to and accessed via the church’s main hall. The main hall is accessed via a total of 8 steps with a handrail on the right side. Seating at our events is unreserved, but please contact us if having a reserved seat would be helpful to you.

Wheelchair users can access the Garden Room via a wheelchair lift located in the garden, rather than from the church’s main entrance. The lift may require assistance to operate, so please feel free to contact us in advance of the event if you’d like to arrange this, or equally please speak to any team member at the event.

There are two gender-neutral toilets in the main hall (adjacent to the Garden Room), one of which is wheelchair-accessible.

If there is anything at all we can do to help make the event as comfortable as possible for you, please contact us and we will do our very best to help both in advance and during the event.

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