Leading British Asian festival runs 10 September - 6 November
The line-up for the UK's leading pan-Asian literature festival has been announced, with best-selling authors, Insta-poets, comedians, journalists, and one of the only female imams in the West all set to visit Asia House in London this autumn.
The 12th edition of the festival will run between September and November, opening with writer Nikesh Shukla (pictured) in conversation with comedian Nish Kumar about British Asian identity and Shukla's new novel The One Who Wrote Destiny.
Broadcaster and Today programme presenter Mishal Husain will discuss her new book The Skills and share practical advice for women on how to make their ambitions a reality, while women's rights activist and novelist Elif Shafak will discuss writing, faith and politics with Nus Ghani MP, the first female Muslim Minister to speak at the House of Commons dispatch box.
Jeffrey Archer will be discussing his passion for India alongside crime fiction star, Abir Mukherjee, on the publication day of Archer's new novel Heads You Win.
Supported by the Bagri Foundation since 2014, this year's festival will also feature Insta-poet Nikita Gill, Louis de Bernières and Denmark's first female imam Sherin Khankan.
Anna Temby, literature programme manager at Asia House, said: "This year's festival brings writing from Turkey to Tokyo to our audiences and explores the role of women in today's society, reflects on the social and political trends that are sweeping across the world's fastest changing continent and examines different strands of British Asian identity. We have a stellar line-up and are once again grateful for the support of the Bagri Foundation, who share our vision to make Asian art and culture more accessible and available to audiences across the UK."
Dr Alka Bagri, trustee of the Bagri Foundation said: "The Bagri Foundation is proud to have been the title sponsor of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival for the past five years. We are honoured to engage new audiences with fresh and vibrant writing from/about Asia and the diaspora. Literature is a pivotal mode for expression, a powerful tool to inspire, educate and entertain, and can open a window into an undiscovered culture for the reader. 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."