I frequently talk about my books in literary festivals, libraries and to reading groups. My Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winning novel,  If you can walk, you can dance, published by Niyogi Books, Delhi,  is currently being re-launched in the UK. The first event took place on 1st June, and there are more planned. I look forward to hearing from you if you would like me to come and talk to a group, or can suggest ideas for a possible event.

I have also been introducing Urdu literature through Ralph Russell’s wonderful translations. A pod-cast of one of these events is on see The Famous Ghalib: The Sound of My Moving Pen 

Coming events:
for details of time and venue, please email me.
Tues 5th – Skype discussion of Uncertain Light with reading group in Ethiopia
Sat 30th –  Much Wenlock, Shropshire, contributing to ‘Poets for Change’ event

Wed 11th – Godolphin Literary Festival, Salisbury
Mon 16th – Balham Library,  If you can walk, you can dance, 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Tues 24th  – Royal Asiatic Society, London launch of Ralph Russell’s A Thousand Yearnings: A Book of Urdu Poetry & Prose
Thurs 26th – Poetry Translation Centre –  Urdu poetry translation workshop, with Rakhshanda Jalil
Tues 31st – Blackheath Library, If you can walk, you can dance, 7.00 – 8.00 pm

Tues 14th – School of Oriental & African Studies:  ‘If you can walk, you can dance’ – music & fiction across cultures. Khalili lecture theatre, 7 – 9 pm

Recent events in the UK at:
– Fresh Ground, Battersea, Relaunch of If you can walk, you can dance
– Wandsworth Society, Uncertain Light
– Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees, Refugee Stories
– Norwich, University of East Anglia, Development Studies
– Leicester, Self-publishing conference
– Winchelsea Literary Society, East Sussex
The Rye Bookshop, East Sussex
– Poetry Translation Centre, London
– School of Oriental & African Studies, London
– Royal Asiatic Society, London
– Shrewsbury Literature Festival, Shropshire
– Salisbury, National Women’s Register Conference
– South Bank Centre, London
– Isles of Scilly Festival, Cornwall
– Penzance Literary Festival, Cornwall
– Glasgow Women’s Library
– Wenlock Poetry Festival, Shropshire
Putney Library, London
– Richmond upon Thames, Avenue Club Readers
– Mere Literature Festival, Wiltshire
– Beverley Literary Festival, East Yorkshire
– St Ives Library, Cornwall
– Norwich, Worlds Literature Festival
– Daunt’s Bookshop, London

In South Asia:
– Forum on the Right to Education, Delhi
– Hyderabad Literature Festival
– India International Centre, Delhi
– Jaipur Literature Festival
– Lahore Literature Festival
– LitFestX on-line
– Miranda House, University of Delhi
– Oxford Bookstore, Delhi
– World Book Fair, Delhi

Interviews & articles in:
– Kitaab, Journal of Asian Literature
– Nilgiri Wagon,
– Perspectives on Central Asia
– The Telegraph, ‘
Wonder Women’

In previous years:
– Alternative Arts, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London
– Black History Month, Balham library, London
– Crewe, National Women’s Register conference
– Ilkley Literature Festival, Yorkshire
– Islington Refugee Week, London
– Kings Lynn Literature Festival, Norfolk
– Kingston Readers Festival, London
– Mandela celebration, South Bank, London
– Mansion House, book launch, London
– Paris, University of Marne le Vallee
– Saffron Waldon Literature Festival, Essex
– Swindon Literature Festival, Wiltshire
– Wells Literature Festival, Somerset
– Women’s Library/Mslexia, book launch, London

+  libraries in:
– Cheshire: Crewe, Nantwich, Neston
– Cornwall:  Helston, Launceton, Penzance, Redruth, St Austell, St Ives
– Devon: Totnes, Ilfracombe, Exmouth
– London: Commonwealth Writers’ Week & Get London Reading events

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