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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 4th Jun 2013

The Tabernacle *William Dalrymple*

7pm

SoldOut

Declan Walsh

Declan Walsh

Declan Walsh is the acclaimed New York Times Pakistan Bureau Chief. He was Declan Walsh was the Guardian's correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2011. He has lived an worked in Pakistan for 9 years but last month he was given 72 hours to leave Pakistan after finding six policeman outside his home in the early hours of the morning. The deadline for his departure coincided with election day, which marks the first time that a civilian government has completed its term in the history of Pakistan. The “expulsion” of Mr Walsh “contradicts” the impression that Pakistan has reached a democratic milestone, wrote Jill Abramson, the executive editor of the New York Times, in a letter of protest to the interior minister.

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is an award winning historian as well as a broadcaster, critic and art historian. In 1986, while still at college, he set off to follow on foot the outward route of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Mongolia and wrote a highly acclaimed bestseller about the journey, In Xanadu, when he was twenty-two. The book won the 1990 Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and a Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award. He followed this up with City of Djinns (1994), From the Holy Mountain (1997) and The Age of Kali (1998). In 1999 he changed genres and began writing history books. White Mughals was published in 2003 winning the Wolfson Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. He has been the South Asia correspondent of the New Statesman since 2004. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is a novelist and journalist. She has written five novels, including In the City by the Sea, Kartography, Salt and Saffron and Burnt Shadows, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and has been translated into over 20 languages. She has also written a work of non-fiction, Offence: The Muslim Case. A trustee of Free Word and English Pen, she grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. She was recently included in the Granta list of 20 best young novelists.

Sadakat Kadri

Sadakat Kadri

Sadakat Kadri is a lawyer, author, travel writer and journalist. As a member of the New York Bar he has worked as a volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union and one of his foremost roles as a barrister was to assist in the prosecution of former Malawian president Hastings Banda. His parallel travel writing career started with a visit to Prague during the 1989 Velvet Revolution. He stayed on in Prague for two years to pen the groundbreaking Cadogan Guide to that city. He is also the author of, The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O. J. Simpson and Heaven on Earth: A Journey through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World.