The Asia House youth panel

Created as part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2015 we want to hear what the next generation think through inviting specific individuals to join our debates and asking them to offer their opinion on the issues raised.

The first youth panel comprises of young people aged 16-24 who are specifically selected due to their growing engagement with the arts and the topics that related to our 2015 programme. So far they have attended Women, Suffrage and the Vote on Thursday 30 April and Love Across Divides on Monday 18 May. Panel members are with us for six month rotations during which time they will also advise us on our upcoming programmes.

The panel is part of Asia House’s wider initiative to reach youth. We want to encourage greater participation amongst young communities in the arts by offering events tailored to them.

Have a read about the first members of the panel below.


Priyanka1Priyanka Mogul

Priyanka is Editor-in-Chief of the International Political Forum and founder of the Spread The Word Campaign, which aims to make literature more accessible to London’s homeless. She has previously undertaken work with the United Nations Association and the British Institute of Human Rights, as well as written for Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, Time Out Delhi and Time Out London, among others.

Priyanka loves to read anything by Khaled Hosseini, as well as The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.

Her favourite country in Asia is India and she is passionate about empowering and educating women.


TamsinTamsin Paternoster

Born in Hong Kong , Tamsin is the Culture Editor of The Hippo Collective, Video and Photography Editor of International Political Forum, as well as feature writer for A Younger Theatre and The Ecologist. Tamsin is interested in cross cultural communication and identity, displaced peoples and will be studying Anthropology at UCL this September.

Her favourite book from an Asian writer is Ishle Yi Park’s The Temperature of This Water for the brilliant way she explores immigrant life through poetry.


Catarina-Catarina Demony

Catarina is the founder of The Voiceless, a media platform about human rights violations. She recently graduated from Kingston University with a Journalism degree. Currently, she works in the communications team at Back Up, a small charity for people affected by spinal cord injury. Catarina also works as a Youth Advocate at Index on Censorship, an organisation that promotes and defends freedom of expression.

One of Catarina’s favourite books is Asylum and Exile: The Hidden Voices of London by Bidisha. During her free time, Catarina loves to travel around the world and one of her favourite countries is Indonesia.

She is an activist with a particular interest in refugee rights and the fight to end FGM.


Interested in joining our youth panel?

There are many benefits to joining the Asia House youth panel. First and foremost, you get the chance to be associated with a prestigious organisation and to attend high-profile events where your voice will be heard. Through this you will be able to develop your knowledge and extend your personal networks. In addition you will be featured on our website and can pitch ideas to our web team related to the events you attend, which we would consider featuring in our News and Views section. You can also help shape our forthcoming programmes.

We are now recruiting the new youth panel for the first half of 2016, which will include attending our 2016 Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival. For more information on the youth panel and to express your interest in becoming a member, please email