The Ninth Asia House Lit Festival

UK writer Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Razia Iqbal about new book 'The Last Word'Razia Iqbal is BBC Special Correspondent and presenter of Talking Books. Headline event for opening night of Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival @ Asia Ho

Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Razia Iqbal from last year’s festival.

London’s incredible Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival begins this week – don’t worry, you still have time to get a ticket as it runs from 7 – 18 May.

The line up is as impressive and diverse as ever and launches on 7 May with the acclaimed author Xue Xinran who will be celebrating the release of her new book, Buy Me the Sky. Xinran will be discussing the new generation of China which is such a fascinating topic, we can’t wait to attend.Dispatches-Kabul

An event that we are most looking forward to is hearing Heidi Kingstone discuss the launch of her new book, Dispatches from Kabul on 11 May. Heidi lived and worked in Afghanistan during the war as a correspondent and will be chatting about some of her experiences in person at Asia House. It is always a real pleasure to read of writers’ experiences abroad and to be in a country in the midst of war and evolutionary change must have been fascinating.

On the same day 11 May, there is a License to Thrill event where Asia House will host a few crime fiction writers and ask them if Asia provides the perfect setting for this genre. I don’t know any women who don’t love this genre and I hope to see some of you there!

This year’s line up also includes workshops such as creative writing which I personally can’t wait to review.

Click here for the full programme of events and don’t forget to say hi if you see us there xx

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