South Asian Literature Festival

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The South Asian Literature Festival is an annual celebration of the cultural and historical links between the UK and South Asia, and is produced by Amphora Arts. For the first time in its short history the festival is collaborating with Bush Theatre and will ‘take over’ the building for four days from November 1st to the 4th, to stage over 30 events – a mixture of debates, book launches, poetry, performance, film screenings and new writing.

Events at the Bush Theatre


Shakespeare in South Asia: Sanskrit Epics, Bollywood and the Bard
With Rachel Dwyer, Salil Tripathi & Andrew Dickson
£9.00 / £7.50 conc
7 pm – 8:30 pm, Thursday 1st November


Elements: New Writing on Stage
Five new short pieces selected for performance at the Bush
In Partnership with Tamasha Theatre
£7.50 / £5.00 conc
7 pm – 8:30 pm, Friday 2nd November


Shakespeare’s South Asian Stage
The stories behind producing the Globe Theatre’s South Asian productions and the RSC’s tour of Much Ado About Nothing
With Tim Supple, Tom Bird & Iqbal Khan
£7.50 / £5.00 conc.
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm, Saturday 3rd November

Lifelines: New writing from Bangladesh
With Farah Ghuznavi & Bidisha
£5.00/ £4.00
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm, Saturday 3rd November

Crossing Continents: Journeys in Literature
With Anjali Joseph & Peter Hobbs
£5.00/ £4.00
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm, Saturday 3rd November

Five Degrees: Anthology Launch
The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2012
Showcasing exceptional new writing, with discussion from six writers featured in the anthology
£5.00 / £4.00 conc
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm, Saturday 3rd November

A Journey to India’s Forgotten Frontier
With Jonathan Glancey
£5.00 / £4.00 conc
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm, Saturday 3rd November

Naari Vaani:
The poetic voices of South Asian women
With Shazea Qureishi, Shanta Acharya, Sweta Srivastava Vikram & others
£7.50/ £5.00 conc
7 pm – 8:30 pm, Saturday 3rd November

Shakespeare’s Globe-to-Globe: Taming of the Shrew
A screening of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, performed in Urdu
£5/ £4
7 pm – 9.30 pm, Saturday 3rd November

Everything Begins Elsewhere
Poetry in motion
With Tishani Doshi & Max Ablitzer on piano
£7.50 / £5.00 conc
9 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 3rd November


Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man’s Garden
An exclusive preview of Nadeem’s searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11
In conversation with Arifa Akbar
£5.00 / £4.00 conc.
1.45pm – 3pm, Sunday 4th November

Fairytales: From the Panchatantra to the Brothers Grimm
Did all fairytales originate from India?
With Neil Philip, Seema Anand & Marina Warner
£5.00 / £4.00 conc
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm, Sunday 4th November

The Impossible Indian: Mahatma Gandhi
What are the implications of Gandhi’s principles as a spiritual mentor and national leader?
With Faisal Devji, Richard Sorabji & others
£5.00 / £4.00 conc.
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm, Sunday 4th November

Kipling & Trix:
The Story Behind the Jungle Book
With Mary Hamer
£5.00 / £4.00 conc.
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm, Sunday 4th Novmber

Mind the (Generation) Gap: Real-life Fictions
Holding true to our roots in changing times, across changing continents
With Rosie Dastgir, Gautam Malkani, Shelley Harris & Niven Govinden
£7.50 / £5.00 conc.
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm, Sunday 4th November

Sarfraz Manzoor: The Boss Rules
A brand new one-man show to prove that the songs of Bruce Springsteen contain the secrets of life, and the keys out of Luton
With Sarfraz Manzoor
£7.50 / £5.00 conc.
7 pm – 8:30 pm, Sunday 4th November

Shakespeare’s Globe-to-Globe: Twelfth Night
A screening of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, performed in Hindi by the Mumbai-based Company Theatre
£5/ £4
7 pm – 9.30 pm, Saturday 3rd November

This is a past event 01 Nov 2012 to 11 Nov 2012


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18 Mar
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Skin Deep
18 Mar
#ArinzeKene is one of the most talented people I know - poet singer actor rapper playwright, the original renaissan…
Mia Bays
18 Mar
Finally @bushtheatre to appreciate the new developments, architecturally and artistically
Claire French
17 Mar
Can’t wait to watch #Misty @bushtheatre tonight! Gonna be ace.
Paul Smith
17 Mar

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