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Cardiff BookTalk - Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Cardiff BookTalk

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

Cardiff BookTalk - Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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Following our first 2015/16 event with the BBC, December brings another exciting Cardiff BookTalk collaboration—this time, in partnership with Amnesty International and in association with the Law Society's / Cardiff Law School's Human Rights in Collaboration initiative …

To coincide with Human Rights Day on 10 December, BookTalk will be discussing The Kite Runner. Afghan–American author, Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel focuses on Amir and his friendship with Hassan. Moving from Kabul to California, this is a story concerning personal relationships set against a backdrop of conflict and migration that remains as relevant and poignant as when it was published in 2003. 

The Kite Runner was a New York Times bestseller for over two years and has been translated into 42 languages for publication in 38 countries. It has been made into an Academy Award-nominated film and adapted into a graphic novel. Its themes of friendship, betrayal and redemption have made the novel a popular staple with book clubs across the world since its publication.

Cardiff BookTalk is delighted to host a panel of expert speakers with interests related to the novel spanning the academic and the practical:

  • Mari Lowe is Project Co-ordinator at the Oasis Refugee Centre in Cardiff and a PhD candidate in the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. Her PhD focuses on race, diversity and cultural memory in the Cardiff Docklands.
  • Radhika Mohanram is Professor of English and Critical & Cultural Theory at the Cardiff University of Cardiff. She is an internationally recognised expert on postcolonial theory, and her work has focused on gender, partitions and diasporas.
  • Muhammad Younas is a journalist blogger who writes about socio-political issues in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is an expert on the Hazara community in both countries. He is currently living in Cardiff, writing about local issues which have appeared in the Western Mail.His trilingual blog appears in English, Urdu and Hazaragi. 

As usual, the main event will be preceded by a reception with tea, coffee and biscuits at 6.30pm in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cardiff CF24 4HQ.

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Optometry and Vision Sciences
Maindy Rd
CF24 4HQ Cardiff
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

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Cardiff BookTalk

Cardiff BookTalk is a University book group with a difference – we discuss expert perspectives and readers’ ideas about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction.

Originally established by Cardiff University in 2011, Cardiff BookTalk has been run by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy since spring 2015. BookTalkers listen to diverse interdisciplinary research topics which expand on themes in the very best classic and contemporary literature. Each speaker addresses the books from their own specialism, and this can lead to fascinating insights about the literary, social and cultural implications of the novels we read. The talks, given by University academics who are specialists in their field, as well as other expert speakers, will be followed by an open discussion session with the audience, and we want as many people to share their perspectives as possible. If you’re interested in discussing the big ideas behind great books, and want to discover new ways of looking at novels, then join us for our next session!

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