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As part of Pride Month 2022, the EDI Centre at Imperial College London is delighted to host an event with Cynthia So, EDI Centre Coordinator and author of the YA novel If You Still Recognise Me!

Cynthia will be in conversation with the wonderful award-winning fantasy author Tasha Suri, chatting about their book, LGBTQ+ media, and being an LGBTQ+ writer.

This event is open to the public as well as staff and students from Imperial. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience and a book signing afterwards.

The event will start promptly at 5:30pm.

For those unfamiliar with the location, please find us by going to the Imperial College Main Entrance on Exhibition Road. The event will be signposted from there. Please see the Imperial South Kensington campus map (pdf).

If you would like to purchase copies of IF YOU STILL RECOGNISE ME to pick up at the event, please select this option when you register on Eventbrite. Copies cost £8.99 each and payment will be required in advance via Paypal. This option will no longer be available after 6 June 2022 to allow time to order the correct number of books.

About the book

Elsie has a crush on Ada, the only person in the world who truly understands her. Unfortunately, they’ve never met in real life and Ada lives an ocean away. But Elsie has decided it’s now or never to tell Ada how she feels. That is, until her long-lost best friend Joan walks back into her life.

In a summer of repairing broken connections and building surprising new ones, Elsie realises that she isn’t nearly as alone as she thought…

If You Still Recognise Me is a LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story about fandom, friendship, and falling in love.

About the authors

Cynthia So was born in Hong Kong and lives in London. They have been a staff member at Imperial since 2016 and EDI Centre Coordinator since 2020. Their writing has been published in speculative fiction magazines such as Uncanny, Strange Horizons, and Anathema. They are also one of the new voices in Proud, an anthology of LGBTQ+ YA stories, poems, and art by LGBTQ+ creators, published by Stripes in March 2019. When they’re not writing, they can often be found at the theatre, entranced by a play or a musical. They’re also extremely enthusiastic about board games and tabletop role-playing.

(Author photo credit to Olivia Bryan)

Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. Her upcoming novels include The Oleander Sword, sequel to The Jasmine Throne, and What Souls Are Made Of, a YA remix of Wuthering Heights. She is a writing tutor, an occasional librarian and cat owner. She has won the Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) Award from the British Fantasy Society and has been nominated for the Astounding Award and Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her debut novel Empire of Sand was named one of the 100 best fantasy books of all time by TIME magazine. When she isn’t writing, Tasha likes to cry over TV shows, buy too many notebooks, and indulge her geeky passion for reading about South Asian history. She lives with her family in a mildly haunted house in London.

(Author photo credit to Shekhar Bhatia)

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