A Modern Tale of Poverty

Hwang Sok-yong, one of South Korea’s most revered novelists, joins us for a talk about his new novel, Familiar Things set in 1980s Seoul.

Thursday 17 August

18.45 - 20.00

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High Up Above and Down Below: Istanbul

Prize-winning Turkish novelist Burhan Sönmez will be sharing his insights into Turkey’s current social and political climate throughout his novel, İstanbul İstanbul.

Thursday 24 August

18.45 - 20.00

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Sufis on the Silk Road: Nawa’i

Join us for an evening of music from the Silk Road - Sufis on the Silk Road: Nawa’i

Wednesday 20 September

18.45 - 20.00

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Transgressing geographical boundaries and overcoming political dilemmas at the 2017 Literature Festival

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The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival has come to a close for this year after explorations of peace, compassion, inclusion and openness. Hande Eagle shares her thoughts on this year's highlights.

Asia House launches new arts membership scheme for individuals

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To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Asia House has relaunched its individual Friends membership scheme as Asia House Arts Membership (AHAM). Under the new scheme, all Asia House Arts Members will receive a 50% discount off all Asia House arts & learning events and other benefits.

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Marriage through Meena Kandasamy’s literary mirror

13 July, 2017

Nadeem Aslam – 2017 Closing Night

26 May, 2017

Christina Lamb – 2017 Opening Night

9 May, 2017

Carrying Poems Between Languages

30 June, 2017


One of Korea’s most renowned authors, Hwang Sok-yong joins us for a talk on his recently published novel, Familiar Things.

Prize-winning Turkish novelist Burhan Sönmez joins us to talk about his insights into contemporary Turkey.

This collaboration brings together Europe-based Central Asian and Iranian musicians to explore the shared traditions of the Silk Road.

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Hande Eagle talks to Turkish poet Karin Karakaşlı to talk about her life and work.

The Festival focused on the human condition, social issues, and long-forgotten pasts.

Hande Eagle spoke to ALR’s Managing Editor Phillip Kim and Editor-in-Chief Martin Alexander.

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