Join us for an evening with Alice Albinia, author of “Empires of the Indus”
Tuesday, 7th Oct 2008 | 7:00 pm
One of the longest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in Tibet, flows west across India, and south through Pakistan. For millennia it has been worshipped as a god; for centuries used as a tool of imperial expansion. Today it is the glue of Pakistan’s fractious union. Empires of the Indus follows the river upstream and back in time, on a voyage through two thousand miles of geography and five millennia of history, through a landscape where the past still resonates today.
About the Author
Alice Albinia graduated from Cambridge University with a first in English Literature in 1999. She moved to Delhi, where she worked for the next two-and-a-half years as a journalist and editor. She edited and wrote for the Centre for Science & Environment, was Assistant Editor of Biblio: A Review of Books, India’s leading literary magazine, and worked as a part of the team that started Outlook Traveller, India’s best-selling travel magazine. It was during this time, as she travelled all over the country researching and writing newspaper articles and features, that she had the idea to write a history of the river Indus. In 2002, Alice moved back to London to take an MA in South Asian history at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She researched the religious and political history of the Indus region and wrote a dissertation on the British colonial imagination of the river.
Empires of the Indus is Alice’s first book, for which she won the Royal Society of Literature / Jerwood Foundation Special Prize for Non-fiction Work in Progress. It has also been long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2008.
Date: Tuesday 7th October, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. [Please support the PeaceNiche platform for open dialogue and creative expression generously]
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.