SALF is a celebration of the language, culture and literary heritage of South Asia, and is produced annually by Amphora Arts. Major themes this year include Indo-Caribbean literature, Asian Britain, Partition and Mythology.
Highlights of this year’s festival include events with Kunal Basu and Kaiser Haq who will be joined by Shreela Gosh to talk Bengali literature. Indian American journalist, Gaiutra Bahadur will be joined in conversation with Neel Mukherjee to discuss her first novel, Coolie Woman. Aamer Hussein, Kamila Shamsie and Waris Hussein will discuss the life and work of Pakistani writer, Attia Hosain.
In a closing event, Amit Chaudhuri will join Jeet Thayil in an event moderated by Ted Hodgkinson to talk about their work and popular cities, Mumbai, Karachi, and Calcutta in Addictive Cities.
Sathnam Sanghera and Damian Barr will also be talking about living On the Margins of Contemporary Britain at a preview event on October 22, at Asia House.
The festival is supported by Arts Council England, British Council, and the Foyle Foundation, and will present 30 events with over 50 writers at a number of venues across London, including Asia House, British Library, Conway Hall, Free Word Centre, University of Westminster (Regents Street) and Weiner Library, as well as schools across the capital.
Tickets and a full programme are available through www.southasianlitfest.com or by calling the Festival Box Office on 01865 798797.