Exeter UNESCO City of Literature, Devon & Exeter Institution (DEI), and Rough Trade Books are partnering on an author series called Rough Trade Books presents… exploring contemporary topics in an atmosphere of idea exchange, conversation, and connection.
This series will bring renowned and innovative authors to Exeter in dialogue with experts from Devon, as well as the event attendees in an intimate, beautiful setting in DEI’s library.
Claire Ratinon is an organic food grower and writer of Mauritian heritage. After a chance encounter with a rooftop farm while living in New York City, Claire discovered her love for growing vegetables. She returned to London, where she left her career in documentary production, and has been pursuing her passion for plants ever since.
Claire has grown organic vegetables for the Ottolenghi restaurant, Rovi; delivered workshops to audiences from East London primary schools to community gardens; given talks for organisations including Whitechapel Gallery, The Garden Museum, Charleston House and the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh as well as presenting features on Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time.
Her writing has been featured in Waitrose Food Magazine, Bloom and the New Statesman and her first book, How to Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House, was published in 2020. She lives in East Sussex.
Bookbag - Exeter’s only independent bookshop - will sell books, zines, and pamphlets at the event.
After Rough Trade Books presents… ends, the events will be transcribed and designed into a Rough Trade Books pamphlet with Rough Trade Books award-winning design team Office of Craig and Exeter College students working in collaboration. It will be available for sale at DEI and independent bookshops.
2023 is the year of Rough Trade Books’ 5th year anniversary and this series forms part of the many events that are taking place to celebrate this independent publisher.
Spaces can be booked here, we'll see you there!