SOAS University of London

Centre for English Studies, School of Arts

Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Bilal Tanweer


Date: 22 May 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 22 May 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: 0


Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels, including Burnt Shadows, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction,. Three of her novels (In the City by the Sea, Kartography, Broken Verses) have received awards from the Pakistan Academy of Letters. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, she grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London. Her new novel Home Fire will be published, by Bloomsbury, in September.


Bilal Tanweer is the author of the novel The Scatter Here Is Too Great which won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and The Chautauqua Prize. He is also the translator of Love in Chakiwara and Other Misadventures by Muhammad Khalid Akhtar (Picador India) and The House of Fear by Ibn-e Safi (Random House India). He teaches in the English program at LUMS, Lahore.

About The Scatter Here Is Too Great:

A vivid and intricate novel-in-stories, The Scatter Here Is Too Great explores the complicated lives of ordinary people whose fates unexpectedly converge after a deadly bomb blast at the Karachi train station: an old communist poet; his wealthy, middle-aged son; a young man caught in an unpleasant, dead-end job; a girl who spins engaging tales to conceal her heartbreak; and a grief-stricken writer, who struggles to make sense of this devastating tragedy.

Bilal Tanweer reveals the pain, loneliness, and longing of these characters and celebrates the power of the written word to heal lives and communities plagued by violence. Elegantly weaving together different voices into a striking portrait of a city and its people, The Scatter Here Is Too Great is a tale as vibrant and varied in its characters, passions, and idiosyncrasies as the city itself.