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Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Jeanette Winterson

  • 17
  • Oct




Image of Kamila Shamsie in an orange, patterned shalwar kameezZain Mustafa

Join two of our most incisive practitioners of fiction for a conversation about writing narratives that reflect and explore current affairs. A contemporary retelling of Sophocles’s Antigone, Kamila Shamsie’s new novel Home Fire, set in the UK, US and Syria, is a powerful tale of loyalty and love; two families’ fates intertwine amid rising danger, jihad and political unrest. Peter Carey said: ‘it left me awestruck, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition.’

Kamila is the author of six novels, including Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize) and A God in Every Stone (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize), and was selected by Granta as a Best Young British Novelist in 2013. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London, and lectures at The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. She will be in conversation with the award-winning and prolific author Jeanette Winterson, Professor of New Writing at The University of Manchester.