Event: The Politics of Marketing and Publishing Writers of Muslim Heritage in the UK

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27/07/2011 - 14:00 - 18:00
Senate House, Malet Street, London
Muslim Writers Awards in association with Institute of English Studies, University of London
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Join us for this exciting and lively discussion and workshop on the politics of publishing Muslim Writers.

Chancellor’s Hall, 1st Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Wednesday 27 July, 2011: 2–6 PM



The Institute of English Studies and the Muslim Writers Awards will host a free public event on the politics of publishing with three acclaimed Muslim authors: Aamer Hussein, Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, and Wendy Meddour.

The session will begin with a 20-minute presentation by Claire Chambers, who lectures in postcolonial literature at Leeds Metropolitan University and is the author of British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers (Palgrave: in press). This presentation will inform the subsequent round table discussion. After a short break, there will be a workshop session, in which the writers and other participants will share their positive and negative experiences of publishing, and discuss existing initiatives and ways forward for increasing diversity in the industry.

Renowned for his four collections of lyrical short stories - most recently Insomnia Aamer Hussein has also published two critically acclaimed novels: The Cloud Messenger (2011) and Another Gulmohar Tree (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize 2010). His fictional oeuvre is especially notable for its international cast of characters, not just from his native Pakistan or adopted nations of Britain and India, but from almost every continent. Aamer is a Professorial Writing Fellow at University of Southampton and the first Pakistani Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Shelina Zahra Janmohamed is the author of Love in a Headscarf (2009).  In this memoir, Janmohamed charts her perilous search for love as she negotiates match-makers’ etiquette and internet dating, while sticking steadfastly to her faith. As a journalist, Shelina has written articles for the Times, the Guardian, the National, The Muslim News and Emel Magazine. She writes a blog at www.spirit21.co.uk.

Wemdy Meddour spent many years teaching English Literature and Postcolonial Theory at Oxford University, but has taken a break from academia in order to concentrate on her writing. With a farm in North Africa, a wobbly old house in Wiltshire, four young children and a Berber husband, there's always plenty to write about! She is the author of A Hen in the Wardrobe and The Black Cat Detectives, two forthcoimng children's books soon to be published with Frances Lincoln.

This event is free and open to all. To register, click here

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More information: Zainub Chohan, Project Coordinator, zainub.chohan@muslimwritersawards.org.uk

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