Sunday, March 22, 2009

Asia House Festival and Tash's UK Launch

Britain will be celebrating its first major literary festival dedicated to Asian writing in May. The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature runs 11-22 May and features over over 25 authors,
highlighting writing from ten Asian countries.

Some of the writers appearing :
Amit Chaudhuri, Sir Mark Tully, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Ziauddin Sardar, Kamila Shamsie, Nadeem Aslam, Christina Lamb, Alice Albinia, Kenan Malik, Patrick Cockburn, and BBC journalists Frank Gardner, John Simpson and David Lyon.
There are also some pre-festival events and these include the UK launch of Tash Aw's book Map of the Invisible World on May 7th, where the author will be interviewed by Karim Raslan. If you happen to be there (and I hope to be) let's go give the fellow a big cheer.


Anonymous said...

We are all set for a fortnight of lively and provocative talks and discussions. The Festival has just hosted Azar Nafisi, talking about her book Things I've Been Silent About. She was magnificent - warm, interesting, generous with her time and herself. Opening Night with Amit Chaudhuri, Pankaj Mishra and Sir Mark Tully is on 11 May, and is close to being sold out. There are still a few tickets left for the Tash Aw book launch on 7 May, but I expect this to be sold out by next week. Also of interest may be Frank Gardner on 19 May, talking about his adventures in Sumatra as described in his new book Far Horizons (there will be a glam reception afterward sponsored by Amanresorts). Hope you can come to all!

Adrienne L-P ( Festival Director)

bibliobibuli said...

Adriennne - thanks for dropping by. i am now in a panic to buy tickets ...