The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019
In 2019 we welcomed an eclectic mix of household names and rising stars, from politician and bestselling author Shashi Tharoor to the UK’s most followed poet on social media, Nikita Gill. The breadth of our conversations ranged from key events in 20th Century Chinese history to an examination of British Muslim identity today.
We were once again grateful for the support of our Title Sponsor, the Bagri Foundation, who share our vision to celebrate Asian arts and culture and share it with audiences across the UK.
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Generations Apart? Reflections of a Second Generation Immigrant
An examination of the changing role of the British corner shop and British attitudes towards immigration.
Thursday 10 October 2019
Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS
A gripping account of thirteen women as they joined, endured and, in some cases, escaped life in the Islamic State.
Saturday 7 September 2019
Great Goddesses: Nikita Gill Book Launch
The UK's most followed poet returns to Asia House to launch her new book, offering empowering life lessons from myths and monsters.
Tuesday 24 September 2019
British Asian Women and Shakespeare
Shobna Gulati and Dr. Koel Chatterjee will discuss the impact of British Asian women on creating popular culture Shakespeare productions.
Monday 7 October 2019
Claudia Roden and Yasmin Khan: Exploring Middle Eastern Food and Identity
The renowned food writers will discuss how an understanding of food can reveal rich, nuanced perspectives.
Tuesday 15 October 2019
The Stories We Tell: Nikesh Shukla, Nish Kumar, Tanika Gupta, Vinay Patel
A discussion on creative freedom, literary acts of defiance, and the stories writers are encouraged to tell.
Monday 16 September 2019
Shashi Tharoor: Books That Shaped My Life
The prominent Indian politician and bestselling author will be discussing the books that have most influenced him in his life.
Thursday 26 September 2019
Follow Me Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims
Exploring how a new generation of young Muslims are using the internet to determine their religious identity on their own terms.
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Poetry, Language and Heritage
An evening of rich multilingual spoken word and storytelling from award-winning poets exploring identity, heritage and the Asian diaspora.