Candice Carty-Williams: Empress & Aniya

Saturday 23 October 2021

Candice Carty-Williams, author of the smash hit Queenie, talks to Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff about her debut YA novel and the value of true friends.

Empress & Aniya is South London’s answer to Freaky Friday. It follows two teenage girls from different backgrounds who accidentally cast a body swap spell on their 16th birthday. Empress is from a single-parent household and lives on an estate that she’s learned to love, while Aniya’s parents are in high-profile jobs and have given her a life that she often takes for granted.

Empress & Aniya is a warm, moving and funny portrayal of the importance of real friendship and the power in seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.

Carty-Williams appears in conversation with award-winning journalist, editor, columnist and podcast host Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff. She is the editor of Black Joy, a new anthology that explores what it means to be Black and British today, focusing on moments of happiness and joy that well-known Black Brits have found in their lives.

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