Events

20 May 2019 – 19.00
The Frontline Club
Mary Harper: Everything You Have Told Me Is True

BBC Africa Editor Mary Harper will be at the Frontline Club to discuss her new book, Everything You Have Told Me Is True: The Many Faces Of Al Shabaab.

25 May 2019 – 20.30
Hay Festival
Sold Out: Karoline Kan at Hay Festival

Seventy years after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, and thirty years on from the Tiananmen Square massacre, the editor of Index on Censorship hosts a debate about China’s contemporary society and the leadership’s attitude to freedom of expression.

28 May 2019 – 18.45 - 21.00
Asia House, London
Karoline Kan: Under Red Skies

Karoline Kan was born in 1989, the same year as the Tiananmen Square protests: her generation has always been caught between China’s political landscape, its hyper-modern technology and urban and economic boom.

29 May 2019 – 18.00 - 20.00
King's College London
Mary Harper: Everything You Have Told Me Is True

Al Shabaab is one of the century’s most successful violent jihadist movements. It has governing power, ruling over millions of Somalis and vast swathes of territory, and kinetic power, committing spectacular acts of violence. But what lies behind the headlines and the bloodshed?

31 May 2019 – 18.30
King's College London
Karoline Kan: Under Red Skies

Globally, the voices of young Chinese women are often neglected. In recent years, several books have attempted to profile Chinese millennials but all have been by foreign authors. Authored by Karoline Kan, Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial is the first English-language memoir from a Chinese millennial.

8 Jun 2019 – 14.00 - 15.00
Sutton Central Library
Hussein Kesvani: Follow Me, Akhi

Entering a world of memes and influencers, Muslim dating apps, and alt-right Islamophobes, Hussein Kesvani reveals how a new generation of young Muslims who have grown up with the internet are using social media to determine their religious identity on their own terms—something that could change the course of ‘British Islam’ forever. A funny, wise and compassionate look at modern Britain.

Kesvani will be speaking about his adventures in the digital lives of Muslims, and in conversation with Elizabeth Oldfield exploring what this means for faith more broadly.

13 Jun 2019 – 16.00
Dalkey Book Festival
Karoline Kan at Dalkey Book Festival

The most important group in the world will, very soon, be the 300 million Chinese millennials. How do they think? How do they view the West and what future do they imagine for China, imminently the world’s biggest economy?

14 Jun 2019 – 14.00 - 15.15
Bradford Literature Festival
Mark Honigsbaum on Inevitable Epidemics: Death in the Air

In 1918 the Spanish influenza pandemic claimed the lives of up to 100 million people – as much as five percent of the world’s population. Ever since, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet, despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, incitingaaa

28 Jun 2019 – 19.00 - 20.15
Bradford Literature Festival
Hussein Kesvani on Conflicted Identity: South Asian British Youth

Young South Asian men growing up in Britain today live dramatically different lives from their parents and grandparents. How do the new generations reconcile their parents’ heritage with their own experience?

30 Jun 2019 – 10.00 - 11.00
Chalke Valley History Festival
Jeremy Black: Britain and Europe

Much specious history is presented to justify the closeness or distance of Britain’s political, cultural and economic links with Europe, but how like or unlike other European countries has Britain truly been?

30 Jun 2019 – 11.00 - 12.15
Bradford Literature Festival
David Hardiman and Shashi Tharoor in conversation

Mahatma Gandhi is a colossus of the 20th century, one of the most influential thinkers and activists who changed the world. On the 150th anniversary of his birth this reflection on the revolutionary qualities of his politics and its contemporary resonance with India’s role as an emerging superpower will interrogate how do today’s thinkers and academics view Gandhi.