SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

'Inside Cities': A Book Reading by Author Anita Mir

Anita Mir

Date: 17 January 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 17 January 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Reading

Everyone wants to be the hero of their own lives. What if you've actually been told though, that you're marked for greatness? And then, instead of coming to you, the gift goes to the person you love most in the world?

1919, Lahore, India. A pir (seer) predicts great things for a soon-to-be born boy, Awais. Though the pir is right about the house, he is wrong about whom the gift of greatness is meant for. Maryam, Awais' youngest sister, has a superb gift for Maths. Their mother Khurshid, tries to teach Awais her growing hate. But Maryam is one of Awais' two great loves; the other being the inside city, which, through a chance encounter, he has started to explore, and to map. When Partition takes place in 1947, it is Awais' knowledge of the city that will save lives. But will it be enough to save his family as well?

Author Anita Mir will read from her new book 'Inside Cities' followed by a discussion. She calls the book her love letter to Lahore, the city of her birth.

Bio of The Author
Anita Mir did her PhD in Literature at Exeter University and currently teaches at Fordham University's London Centre. Prior to entering academia, Anita was Features' Editor at 'The Frontier Post' in Lahore.She writes short stories, one of which was published by the 'New Welsh Review’ this year. She also write plays. She has had two shorts on: the Space (a SubVerse production) and Soho (a Paines Plough production). Her first full-length play, 'Desert Storm' was longlisted for both the Bruntwood Prize and the Soho Verity Bargate Award. It has had two rehearsed readings: RADA and Rich Mix. A second and third play have respectively had readings at RADA and King's College. She has also been been longlisted for the Old Vic 12.

Please Note: This is a Free event and is open for all. While there is no registration required, seats will be allocated on a first-come basis.

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute

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