The South Asian Literature Festival will be held in London from 23rd October to 1st November 2013.
The themes of this year’s premier event for writing and discussion on the Indian Sub-continent include Indo-Caribbean literature, the ‘Other’ in Asian Britain, Partition and Mythology.
The Festival will open with a look at Asian Britain through the lens of an extraordinary photographic history, drawing on film, music, the military, business and the suffragist movement to capture the journey of Asian migrants from the subcontinent, the Caribbean and East Africa to settle in the UK.
BBC Broadcaster Razia Iqbal and Editor of “Wasafiri” magazine, Susheila Nasta will lead the discussion.
Sixty six years after the Partition of British India, Karachi correspondent for the New York Times, Declan Walsh (who was forced to leave Pakistan earlier this year) will be joined by Rahul Kansal of “The Times of India”, to discuss the current tension between Pakistan and India, and the media’s role in reporting across borders.
The Festival will also explore the influence of South Asia on Caribbean Literature, seen most notably in the work of V.S. Naipaul.
Festival Directors Bhavit Mehta and Jon Slack said: “This is our fourth year and we’ve explored deeper and wider to find the stories and debates that are defining the region. These can range from the thriving metropolises in prize-winning fiction to the media’s role in reporting on tensions across borders, not to mention the continued musings on Asians in today’s Britain. What we have is a programme that draws on viewpoints from a wide-range of writings and includes important critical voices which we hope offers something for everyone.”
The Festival will take place at various venues across London including Asia House, Brent Civic Centre, British Library, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), Conway Hall, Dishoom, Free Word Centre, Sage Gateshead, University of Westminster – Regents Street, Weiner Library, as well as many schools and colleges across London.
Tickets are available through the South Asian Literature Festival’s website or by calling the Festival Box Office on 01865 798797.