Actions and Detail Panel
A Country of Their Own: Women Writers from Pakistan
Wed 26 April 2017, 18:30 – 21:30 BST
In 1929 Virginia Woolf wrote about how women authors had been written out of the mainstream literary tradition. Within the Pakistani context today it is interesting to explore the trajectory of women writers to literary standing and a space of their own. The blossoming of Pakistani writing in English and the acclaim it gathered over the last decade was male dominated with literary heavyweights such as Mohammed Hanif and Mohsin Hamid writing books that focused on large-scale political manoeuvrings and reluctant fundamentalists. Kamila Shamsie (A God in Every Stone) was often the standout female figure on that stage. Shamsie of course already had seen success with 'In the city by the Sea' and 'Salt and Saffron' for which she was listed as one of Orange's list of "21 Writers for the 21st Century. And much before her women novelists like the prolific Bapsi Sidhwa and Sara Suleri were among the first Pakistani writers in English.
Today the cast of Pakistani women fiction writers seems to have grown yet sometimes satirists among them have been confused as churners of chick lit. Joining Kamila Shamsie are authors such Moni Mohsin (The Age of Innocence, Tender Hooks), Maha Khan Phillips (Beautiful from this Angle, The Curse of Mohenjodaro), Saba Imtiaz, Fatima Bhutto and more recently Sabyn Javeri. But do these writers specifically speak with women's voices and tell "women's stories"? Do Pakistani women writers write different stories from their male counterparts and do they write differently from each other? And does what they have to say about Pakistan and Pakistanis in their stories help us see the country with clearer eyes in the 70th year of its independence.
Join authors Kamila Shamsie, Moni Mohsin and Maha Khan Phillips in conversation with Senior BBC Journalist Fifi Haroon
Doors open at 18:30 with a prompt start at 19:00
Event includes readings from the authors, panel discussion and Q&A with the authors
Limited signed copies of Maha Khan Philipps latest fiction novel, 'The Curse of Mohenjodaro' will also be available for purchase.
Proceeds will go towards The Citizens Foundation (UK), Pakistan's leading education charity which educates 204,000 children across Pakistan in urban slums and rural communities. TCF is committed to empowering girls through education and has a near 50% female student enrolment with an all female teaching faculty.
General Admission = £15
To avoid Eventbrite booking fees, you can also purchase tickets directly from TCF through direct transfer or cheque below.
Bank: Lloyds Bank Sort Code: 30-84-21 Account no: 18310360
Reference: Please put your name followed by 'BOOK'
Please make cheques payable to The Citizens Foundation (UK) and post to:
TCF-UK, 48 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NS
Please send us an email to email@example.com to inform us of the number of tickets you require along with the names of your guests.