"We co-present sessions that evoke the spirit of Lahore"
Get ready to immerse yourself in the literary extravaganza of the year as the sensational Wimbledon BookFest makes its triumphant return.
For the 16th time, the festival will grace London with 10 days of riveting, mind-expanding, and heartwarming events.
This autumn, from October 12 to October 22, prepare to be captivated by an inspiring celebration centred around culture, community, and our interconnected world.
One of the standout gems of this year’s festival is the “Wimbledon X Lahore” programme on October 21 and 22.
The unique partnership promises an array of thought-provoking conversations and remarkable insights.
Join the charismatic broadcaster Aasmah Mir and the talented designer Osman Yousefzada as they delve into the intricate tapestry of growing up amid British and Pakistani cultures.
They’ll share their experiences, shedding light on the challenges of navigating dual identities in the face of racism and community expectations, ultimately guiding us on the path to self-discovery.
Renowned chef, restaurateur, and writer Ravinder Bhogal will dive into the very essence of her new book Comfort & Joy, as well as her cherished family recipes and the art of vegetarian cookery.
In a special treat, she’ll be joined by broadcaster Samira Ahmed and offer delectable tastings from her Michelin-starred restaurant, Jikoni.
Likewise, Nandini Das, acclaimed author of Courting India, takes you back to one of the most pivotal moments in colonial history – the British arrival in India in the early 17th Century.
Her exploration of this momentous encounter promises to be a mind-expanding experience.
And the excitement doesn’t stop there!
Bestselling author Mohsin Hamid will beam in live from Pakistan, engaging in a lively discussion about his book, The Last White Man, which has been crowned as BookFest’s ‘Big Read’ choice for 2023.
Speaking on this joint collaboration, Razi Ahmed, Founder and CEO of the Lahore Literary Festival states:
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Wimbledon Book Festival to connect our two wonderful festivals that aim for more diversity, inclusivity and foregrounding big ideas.
“This year at the Wimbledon Book Festival, we co-present sessions that evoke the spirit of Lahore through conversations on race, assimilation, architectural legacies, identity and gender.
“We will be further broadening this rich repertoire annually as we embark on this exhilarating journey of more Pakistani and South Asian writers speaking in Wimbledon and the South Asian diaspora.
“Together with Fiona Razvi and her team, we will work during the coming years on a more culturally integrated and interconnected series bringing Asia and Britain closer.”
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