DESIblitz presents Asian Literature at Birmingham Literature Festival 2017

DESIblitz.com is part of the 2017 Birmingham Literature Festival. With a selection of 3 fantastic Asian-based literary events between 7th to 15th October.

Birmingham Literature Festival celebrates 20 years

India’s top-selling female author, Preeti Shenoy, [will] discuss her literary career

The highly acclaimed Birmingham Literature Festival (BLF) is celebrating its 20th year in 2017 with a fantastic array of literary events.

Taking place between 7th and 15th October 2017, BLF is well-known for inviting some of the top authors, poets and thinkers from across the UK and even abroad.

Over the years, the festival has expanded its literary influence to accommodate the diverse and ever-changing face of Britain’s second city.

2017 is no exception. For this year’s edition of BLF, we at DESIblitz.com are proud to announce our very own selection of literary events celebrating the best of British Asian writing.

DESIblitz.com at Birmingham Literature Festival 2017

With support from Arts Council England, DESIblitz.com welcomes prominent Asian authors from the UK and India to discuss the growing popularity and relevance of Asian literature in multicultural Britain.

An Afternoon with Preeti Shenoy

DESIblitz presents Asian Literature at Birmingham Literature Festival 2017

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017
Venue: Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham
Time: 5:00pm-6:15pm

For our headline event, we are pleased to be inviting none other than India’s top-selling female author, Preeti Shenoy, to discuss her literary career as well as her latest work, It’s All in the Planets.

Part of the BLF’s “Stories Crossing Borders” strand, An Afternoon with Preeti Shenoy will see the popular Indian author in conversation with writer Kavita A. Jindal.

Ticket: £8/£6.40 concessions

Book Tickets: Stories Crossing Borders: An afternoon with Preeti Shenoy

What is British Asian Literature?

DESIblitz presents Asian Literature at Birmingham Literature Festival 2017

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017 
Venue: Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

DESIblitz hosts a very special panel discussion with notable critics and published writers to discuss, What is British Asian Literature? 

Authors invited are Bali Rai, Radhika Swarup, and Bidisha, and photographer Mahtab Hussain.

Bali Rai is a popular writer of British Asian fiction, including (Un)arranged Marriage and Rani & Sukh.

Radhika Swarup is a London based writer who recently published her first novel, Where the River Parts. A tale of love, loss and longing during 1947 Partition of India.

Bidisha is an author and critic whose writing passion largely focuses on social issues and human rights.

Mahtab Hussain has just recently published a photography book titled, You Get Me. It explores British Asian masculinity and identity with a series of poignant portraits.

Together, the panel will discuss living and working in the UK today. In particular, how they, as British Asians, identify themselves in the arts, literature and beyond. This insightful debate will openly question what cultural identity means for many ethnics who call Britain their home.

Ticket: £10/£8 concessions

Book Tickets: Stories Crossing Borders: What is British Asian Literature?

Spoken Word and British Asian Voices

DESIblitz presents Asian Literature at Birmingham Literature Festival 2017

Date: Saturday 14th October 2017 
Venue: Room 102, Library of Birmingham
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

DESIblitz will run a Spoken Word and Poetry workshop led by established artists Amerah Saleh and Shagufta Iqbal.

The workshop offers budding creatives to explore their poetry writing. And use their cultural experiences to find their own unique voice. It offers a brilliant insight into producing your very own spoken word performance.

Tickets: £8/£6.40 concessions

Book Tickets: Workshop: Spoken Word

With three events that promise to be entertaining and informative, DESIblitz.com Managing Director, Indi Deol says:

“We are really pleased to be part of the Birmingham Literature Festival this year to celebrate the rising popularity of Asian voices and literature.”

“In particular, it is wonderful to invite Preeti Shenoy all the way from India to discuss her flourishing literary career. We have a wonderful series of events that are sure to resonate with both the Asian and literary community.”

Each of the events will take place at Birmingham’s prestigious Library of Birmingham.

The Birmingham Literature Festival 2017 promises a great mix of literary events that truly represent the voices of today’s generation. Other interesting guests at BLF include prominent Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie and The Guardian journalist and writer Gary Younge.

To find out more about DESIblitz.com’s events at the 2017 Birmingham Literature Festival, please visit the BLF website here.

Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

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