The South Asian Literature Festival is an annual celebration of the cultural and historical links between the UK and South Asia.

Featuring a mixture of debates, book launches, poetry, performance, film screenings and new writing, the festival takes over the Bush theatre with more than 30 events.

Thu 1 Nov

Shakespeare In South Asia: Sanskrit Epics, Bollywood And The Bard
With Rachel Dwyer, Salil Tripathi & Andrew Dickson
£9.00 / £7.50
Thursday 1 November 19:00-20:30

Fri 2 Nov

Elements: New Writing On Stage
Five new short pieces selected for performance at the Bush
In Partnership with Tamasha Theatre
£7.50 / £5.00
Friday 2 November 19:00-20:30
Sat 3 Nov

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
Saturday 3 November 13:45-15:00

Lifelines: New Writing From Bangladesh
With Farah Ghuznavi & Bidisha
£5.00/ £4.00
Saturday 3 November 13:45-15:00

Crossing Continents: Journeys In Literature
With Anjali Joseph & Peter Hobbs
£5.00/ £4.00
Saturday 3 November 15:30-16:45

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
Saturday 3 November 17:15-18:30

A Journey to India’s Forgotten Frontier
With Jonathan Glancey
£5.00 / £4.00
Saturday 3 November 17:15-18:30

Naari Vaani
The poetic voices of South Asian women
With Shazea Qureishi, Shanta Acharya, Sweta Srivastava Vikram & others
£7.50/ £5.00
Saturday 3 November 19:00-20:30

Shakespeare’s Globe-To-Globe: The Taming Of The Shrew
A screening of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, performed in Urdu
£5 / £4
Saturday 3 November 19:00-21:30

Everything Begins Elsewhere
Poetry in motion
With Tishani Doshi & Max Ablitzer on piano
£7.50 / £5.00
Saturday 3 November 21:00-22:00

Sun 4 Nov

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
Sunday 4 November 13:45-15:00

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
Sunday 4 November 15:30-16:45

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
Sunday 4 November 15:30-16:45

Kipling & Trix
The Story Behind The Jungle Book
With Mary Hamer
£5.00 / £4.00
Sunday 4 November 15:30-16:45 pm

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
Sunday 4 November 17:15-18:30

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.
Sunday 4 November 19:00-16:30

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
Saturday 3 November 19:00-21:30

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