Why We Write in English

Readings and Conversation with Pakistani Women Writers
Friday, 16th Jan 2009 | 7:00 pm

andtheworldchanged.jpgDespite individual success, English language writing by Pakistani women, as a body of work, is not widely known. The intention of the anthology, And the World Changed, is to break that silence and explore the fiction and creative prose of Pakistani women who, by choosing English as their creative medium, write from the extreme edges of both English and Pakistani literature. Their work challenges the stereotypes imposed on them, as women and as writers, by the patriarchal culture of countries both in the diaspora and in Pakistan.

Edited by Muneeza Shamsie, this stunning collection of stories by some of the most creative women writing in Pakistan today is remarkable for the range and accomplishment of their writing. Fable, fiction, prose-poetry, memoir as social history, autobiography as political commentary; familiar genres are coaxed into new forms, conventional content is upended to excavate experience and memory. A rich and uncommon literary feast to savour and delight in.

Join us this Friday for an evening of readings and conversation with a group of Pakistani women who have contributed to And the World Changed.

Panelists
– Ameena Saiyid
– Bina Shah
– Kamila Shamsie
– Muneeza Shamsie
– Sehba Sarwar
– Nayyara Rahman

We are grateful to Ameena Saiyid and Oxford University Press for supporting this event.

Date: Friday 16th January, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm
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.

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