The novelist and playwright on Thundercat’s bass genius, an insight-filled black history exhibition and the colourful ceramics of Lubna Chowdhary

Courttia Newland was born in 1973 and raised in west London. After an early start in music, he turned to writing fiction and published his first novel, The Scholar, aged 23. Eight more books followed, including A River Called Time, which came out earlier this year. Newland has written eight plays, beginning with Estates of Mind, which was first staged in 1998, and with Steve McQueen he wrote two episodes of the TV series Small Axe, broadcast last year. His new collection of speculative short stories, Cosmogramma, is published by Canongate on 28 October.

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