Bradford Literature Festival 2019

Henna, Hands, Mehendi, Pattern, Female, Palms, Design

28th June- 7th July 2019

“Bradford Literature Festival was formed in 2014 to create a cultural and literary extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word. The festival curates an atmospheric blend of voices, combining the work of leading writers, performers and poets with emerging talent.”

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Girl, Woman, Other: Bernardine Evaristo in Conversation

Bernardine Evaristo with Yomi Adegoke

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Related link The New Statesman: Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other is a story for our times


Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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A Question of ‘Free Speech’?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Shashi Tharoor

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June Sarpong In Conversation

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Related link Bustle: June Sarpong On Her Book ‘Diversify’ & The Experiences That Led Her To Write



The Paradoxical Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His India

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Shashi Tharoor on Modi: The Paradoxical Prime Minister

Shashi Tharoor with Colin Philpott

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Related link Bussiness Standard: Narendra Modi a paradoxical Prime Minister


Mariam Khan

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It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women Write

Saima Mir, Raifa Rafiq, Malia Bouattia with Mariam Khan

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Related link The Guardian: It’s Not About the Burqa review – courageous essays



The, Niqab, Religion, Woman, Muslim

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Is the Niqab a Feminist Issue?

Sahar Al-Faifi, Saima Mir, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown with Shenaz Bunglawala

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Women Scholars in Islam

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Women Scholars in Islam

Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Tasneem Chopra

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Over the Moon

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Lyrical Mehfil

Imtiaz Dharker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Sabrina Mahfouz, Sophia Thakur, Charly Cox & Nadine Aisha Jassat

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Related link The Poetry Archive: Imtiaz Dharker


Fist, Hand, Worker, Class, Working

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What Does it Mean to be Working Class Today?

Claire Ainsley, Kate Fox and Sabrina Mahfouz with Anne-Marie Canning

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Related link The New Internationalist: Working class in Britain? You must be white


Paper, Parchment, Architecture, Japan

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Opium Wars: The Business of Empire

Yang-Wen Zheng, Rebecca F. Kuang, Joseph Lawson with Afshin Shahi

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A Legacy in Conflict: Gandhi’s Relevance Today

David Hardiman and Priyamvada Gopal with Aaqil Ahmed

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Related link The Guardian: Does Gandhi really belong in Parliament Square?


Borders, Country, Flag, Geography, Map, Nation, Asia

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The Chinese Century

Gregory B. Lee, Astrid Nordin, Xinran Xue with Saeed Khan

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Hand, Robot, Human, Keyboard, Networks

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The Emerald Debates Series: The Future of Work

Amir Sharif, Miguel Martinez Lucio with Donna Lee

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Amritsar 1919 Kim Wagner Book

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Remembering Amritsar: The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Anita Anand, Amandeep Madra, and Kim A. Wagner with Saeed Khan

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Related link Eastern Eye: Is it time Britain apologises for Jallianwala Bagh?


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Whose Pride is it Anyway? Stonewall at 50

Paula Akpan, Andrew Lumsden and Kai-Isaiah Jamal with Richard Dunbar

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Smoke, Human, Alone, Weird, Drugs

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Drug Fuelled Wars

Afshin Shahi

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The Ungrateful Refugee

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Ungrateful Immigrants

Juan Felipe Herrera, Dina Nayeri and Aysiha Malik with Saeed Khan

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Asif Khan’s Imaam Imraan

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Ladakh, India, Asia, Color, High

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No Fathers in Kashmir: Film Screening

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Related link by the Hindu: ‘No Fathers In Kashmir’ movie review – In search of missing fathers


Image Credit: After the Formalities by Anthony Anaxagorou  Book via Amazon

Poetry With A Punch

George The Poet, Lowkey, Anthony Anaxagorou, Farah Chamma + Phelan Burgoyne, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan with Testament

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Union Jack Fingerprint

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British Citizenship in 2019 – Who Belongs?

Roger Robinson, Dr Devyani Prabhat, Tasnime Akunjee, Aaqil Ahmed

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Candlestick, Angel, Women, Sculpture

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Navigating Religious Patriarchy

Asma Barlas, Sylvia Rothschild, Rt Rev. Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani

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Related link RNS: Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions


The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain

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Islamophobia: From Street to State

Kareem ‘Lowkey’ Dennis, Miqdaad Versi, Sayeeda Warsi and Amina Yaqin with Saeed Khan

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Related link BBC Radio4: How to be a Muslim woman


Book, Read, Old, Literature, Pages, Books, Bookshelf

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BBC: The Novels That Changed the World

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Ballot Box, Box, Poll, Election, Vote

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Is Democracy Dead?

Roger Eatwell, Claire Fox, Hardeep Matharu and Saeed Khan with Aaqil Ahmed

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Related link LSE Review of Books: Book Review: National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin



Claire Heuchan

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Necropolitics – A matter of BAME Lives

Claire Heuchan, Lowkey, Roger Robinson, Naz Shah

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Lemn Sissay in Conversation

Lemn Sissay, Remona Aly

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Bitter Fruit: The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto

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Taboos Under Partition: The Life and Works of Saadat Hasan Manto

Nasreen Rehman and Mujahid Eshai with Madiha Ansari

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Related link via Quartz India: Bombay heart, Urdu ink: A guide to reading Saadat Hasan Manto


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