The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival returns this autumn from the 10 September – 6 November 2018, with an exceptional line-up of best-selling authors, top Insta-poets, comedians & journalists, to celebrate writing from and about Asia and the diaspora.
This year marks the 5th edition of the Foundation’s support as title sponsor. We are deeply proud to champion a vital space dedicated to vibrant, diverse writing from and about Asia and the diaspora. As trustee Dr Alka Bagri says, “We are excited for this year’s programme which explores the diversity of the written and spoken word, celebrating forms ranging from poetry in the Instagram age to visual storytelling through graphic novels.”
The festival opens this year with writer Nikesh Shukla in conversation with comedian Nish Kumar about British Asian identity and Shukla’s new novel The One Who Wrote Destiny. The festival will also feature Abir Mukherjee; women’s rights activist and novelist Elif Shafak in discussion with Nus Ghani MP writing, faith and politics on 18 September; award-winning novelist Louis de Bernières on his most recent title So Much Life Left Over against the backdrop of 1920s Ceylon, on 17 September; and Denmark’s first female imam Sherin Khankan on 8 October.
Lined up for Saturday 15 September is a full-day events programme dedicated to inspiring women writers, including Broadcaster and Today programme presenter Mishal Husain on her timely new book The Skills; top Insta-poet Nikita Gill reading from her new book Fierce Fairytales; Wei Ming Kam and Soofiya Andry discussing their contributions to the new intersectional feminist anthology Can We All Be Feminists, and already listed as one of The Guardian’s “Five Books on How to Achieve Gender Equality.”
Tickets start from £5, and most events are free for students. See the full programme here.