We are delighted to be the title sponsors of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, the only UK festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing for the first time. The 2014 programme framed around the theme of Changing Values Across Asia, offers a unique mix of literary talks, performance, topical debate, humour, cookery, Tai Chi and family events. Renowned authors, performers and thinkers from the UK and across Asia present the events.
With a range of events covering more than 17 countries, the 2014 Festival includes authors writing about China, Japan, Malaysia, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, India as well as Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Nepal, the Middle East, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Palestine, Sri Lanka and Britain. The event also includes debates on North Korea and changing sexual mores across Asia, alongside an evening of British Asian humour, and several interactive events for families. Key speakers include Prize-winning novelists Hanif Kureishi, Kamila Shamsie, Tash Aw and Romesh Gunesekera.
The Festival this year, with our support, extends its youth engagement programmes with two-day writing workshops and author visits in six London area schools and six others across Newham, Manchester, Leicester and Birmingham aiming to reach 300 plus students. A student writing competition takes place with the top five students winning a day of mentoring with writing, publishing and communications professionals.
View the videos from the Festival here. The photos are also available to view here.