Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire

September 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


‘If you’re going to write something and you know it completely, don’t bother.’

Kamila Shamsie believes writers need to take risks and write about the unfamiliar, even if it means not pulling it off entirely. Writing is a voyage of discovery for the author as much as for the reader. She is one of Pakistan’s most prolific novelists (although now living mainly in London) and is the latest of four generations of writers. Her mother, Muneeza Shamsie, is the leading critic on Pakistani Anglophone writing.

Born in Karachi in 1973, Shamsie wrote her first novel, In The City by the Sea, while still in college. It was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in the UK. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron, followed in 2000, after which she was selected as one of Orange’s 21 Writers of the 21st century. Her fifth novel Burnt Shadows was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction.

Her latest book is Home Fire and tells the story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty. Kamila will be in conversation with Alex Clark, Journalist, Broadcaster, Critic and Artistic Director for Words and Literature at The Bath Festival.


September 30, 2017
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Marlborough Town Hall
5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
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