We’re delighted to support the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival again this year, the only UK Festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing. Now in its tenth year, the 2016 programme, which takes place from 4 – 18 May features a fantastic selection of events travelling from Middle Eastern Kitchens, to artist studios in Pakistan to protesters in Hong Kong.
This year’s programme examines the wider discussions around gender and identity beginning with a discussion with the 2015 Great British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Alibhai-Brown and Hussain will discuss integration and identity in the UK. London-based spoken word artist Shane Solanki will offer an evening of performance art addressing transgender within Asian communities. Three thinkers from Asia will also come together in a panel, which examines how the emergence of new lifestyles, and family dynamics affects women across the continent.
There will be a number of books launched at this year’s Festival including The Cultural Revolution, the final volume in Frank Dikötter’s prize-winning and highly acclaimed People’s Trilogy. British travel writer Caroline Eden will launch her first book Samarkand: A Culinary Journey through Central Asia.
Several events will take place outside of the main Festival dates including three talks to mark the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Georgia’s independence beginning with a talk by bestselling crime writer Boris Akunin. Pulitzer Prize-winning Malaysian-born journalist and writer Mei Fong will introduce her new book One Child, which looks at the ramifications of China’s One Child Policy after the Festival has finished, at the end of May.