The DSC South Asian Literature Festival takes off today - it takes place in London from 15 - 24 October 2010.
It's billed as a festival "dedicated to showcasing the rich and varied cultures of the South Asian subcontinent, from India and Pakistan through to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal" and "showcasing a cast of well-known personalities from the worlds of literature, journalism and performing arts."
The festival certainly has an eclectic programme. Two of my quick picks are:
Sunday 17 Oct, 1pm:Newsreader and writer George Alagiah joins TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli and author Geoff Dyer to share in their travelling experiences throughout the South Asian subcontinent. Ticketed event.
and, in a rare convergence of the place I live and my Brit-Asian interests:
Monday 18th Oct, 7pm:
Eltham Library – Climbing the Coconut Treeless
Nikesh Shukla, a London-based author, film-maker and poet, launches his debut book, Coconut Unlimited, set in Harrow in the 1990’s. It follows the adventures of three hapless, hip-hop obsessed Asian boys in an all-white private school who form a band. Hear Nikesh read extracts from his book and discuss what inspires him to put pen to paper.
at Eltham Library, 181 Eltham High Street, London SE9 1TS. Free.
For further information and to purchase tickets please contact the library directly on: 020 8850 2268