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Asia’s Forgotten Lives

A couple living in a remote nuclear base in 1960s China; a feminist from 1980s India; a Syrian in Germany – these are just some of the lives that our panel of award-winning short story writers have uncovered and chronicled.

Our illustrious panel features Preti Taneja, whose book Kumkum Malhotra won the Gatehouse Press new fiction prize 2014/2015, Jonathan Tel, winner of the 2015 Commonwealth short story prize and the V. S. Pritchett Prize 2015 from the Royal Society of Literature, and Mahesh Rao, winner of the Tata First Book Award for Fiction.

The trio will discuss how they found the characters in their stories, and whether they were based on actual lives of the past, real inspirations or merely figments of the imagination that they made incredibly convincing and compelling.

Join them for a night of readings and stories as we zoom in on forgotten people and provide insights into Asia past and present.

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May 17, 2016
18:45 - 20:30
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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