Literature Events


Muslim Arts and Culture Festival (MACFESTUK) presents A Mini Festival: 

South Asian Art and Culture Bonanza Celebrating South Asian Heritage​  

  • Date: Saturday 15th August

  • Time: 2-3;30pm

  • Platform: Registration via MACFESTUK website.

  • Description: 

Hosted by Abdullah Afzal ( actor and comedian of sitcom ‘Citizen Khan’) and Qaisra Shahraz MACFEST Executive Director & Novelist.

Chief Guest to launch the event: Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Paul Griffiths.

  • Bengali Cultural Heritage: with Saki Chowdhury, community activist, showcasing cultural artefacts.


  • Literature


  • Poetry performance with music, ‘From Waris to Waltz’ with Dr Aziz Ibrahim, Guitarist and poet.

  • Short reading from, ‘The Journey’ about the partition of India & Pakistan by Qaisra Shahraz, author of ‘The Concubine & The Slave Catcher.’

  • Art

Painting and poetry with Sundar Kanta Walker, celebrated Indian artist and author.


  • Architecture

The Mughal monuments of subcontinent of India, and Pakistan with Sara Adio, British Muslim and a researcher.


  • Cake Artwork; celebrating cultural cake decorating with Roshan Ahmed, teacher and cake artist


  • Music & Dance by Soulbeats

Medley of Indian Bollywood and Banghra dances with Sonia Sharma, poet, painter & dancer and Khattak dance with Malika Kapasi.They represent India’s magnificent, diverse, multi-cultural forms of dance. Soul Beats aspires to translate creative art into community spirit, by integrating varied and diverse communities within Manchester.


  • Music with Tahir Qawwal from the USA

Tahir is leader of the Qawwali Ensemble Fanna-Fi-Allah & producer of the film series Music of the Mystics. music from the famous group live from USA.





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UKPHA Virtual Book Club: Exploring Sikh and Punjabi History, Heritage, Art & Culture 

Virtual Book Club #1:

  • Date: Monday 13th July

  • Time: 5pm

  • Platform:Platform TBC

  • Description: Join Kirit Singh, PhD student and musician for a discussion on Sikh Music, its heritage, patronage and religious centres.

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  • Social media handles of partners and collaborators: (Instagram) kirit.singh 

Free event, but registration is essential:


Pancha Kavis, Ancient Melodies by Bhavan

  • Date: Monday 20th July

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  • Platform: Facebook live

  • Description: The Bhavan is proud to present 'Pancha Kavis, ancient Melodies' by resident teacher Sajali Roy and students. The artists will present some of the most loved poems of the 'Pancha Kavis', the five main poets of Rabindra Sangeet - one of the most popular genres of music from India. The evening will also highlight a few rare compositions including a song from the 1930's. This event is part of RASA - DHĀRĀ, the online event series of the Bhavan London showcasing Indian Classical Art performances on their Facebook live streams every Wednesday.

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UKPHA Virtual Book Club: Exploring Sikh and Punjabi History, Heritage, Art & Culture


UKPHA Virtual Book Club: UKPHA Virtual Bookclub – Meera Syal in conversation with Amandeep Kaur Bhangu


Veiled Voyagers – a mahfil

  • Date: Monday 3 August

  • Time: 1-2pm

  • Platform: Youtube

  • Description: A radio play based on a traditional South Asian literary mahfil. Hear the fascinating and evocative stories of Muslim women who travelled to Britain between 1900 and 1945. The play will be followed by a Q & A with Siobhan Lambert Hurley professor of global history at the university of Sheffield  and Charlie Barner, creative director at Dead Earnest Theatre.

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  • Registration Info: Eventbrite link 


UKPHA Virtual Book Club: UKPHA Virtual Book Club: The built heritage of Amritsar with Gurmeet Rai


UKPHA Virtual Book Club: Exploring Sikh and Punjabi History, Heritage, Art & Culture


Masala Monologues in partnership with Soul Satras 


Brown Girls’ Book Club with South Asian Sisters Speak: Daughters of Partition by Fozia Raja

  • Date: Thursday 6th August

  • Time: 7 - 8:30pm

  • Platform: via Google Hangouts.

  • Description: The Brown Girls' Book Club, hosted by SASS, celebrates literature by South Asian women and uses them to discuss issues and topics facing our community. Our August edition will focus on partition by reading Fozia Raja's debut novel Daughters of Partition which tells the story of a young woman Taji, from a perspective that is rarely discussed in our histories. We will be joined by the author herself to discuss the book, the themes it raises, and a Q&A about her experience writing the novel. If you can also add: Tickets are FREE but require prior registration via Eventbrite. Keep an eye on SAHM and SASS social media for the ticket release in late July.

  • Website of partner[s] for more information: 

  • Social media handles of partners and collaborators: #browngirlsbookclub 

  • Registration Info: Tickets available via Eventbrite: 


Poetry Through the Eyes of South Asian Communities


The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword, The Importance of Storytelling.  

  • Date: Sunday 16th August

  • Time: 3 PM

  • Platform: TBC

  • Description: The panel includes extra-ordinary writers, from journalists to poets.

During this panel, the themes that will be discussed include the power of words, the need for further inclusive and diverse writers and we write. 

.Panellists include Renu Arora, Amardeep Dhillion Singh, Kia Abdullah, Ruchira Sharma, Natasha Junejo, 


India in a Persianate Age – a conversation with Prof Richard Eaton

  • Date: 05 August 20

  • Time: 6 PM

  • Platform: Zoom

  • Description: This conversation with a world-leading cultural historian will explore how the contemporary social and religious fabric of India was shaped by the encounter between India's Sanskrit culture and Persian culture between 1000-1765. Topics will include: Mughal history, the development of Sikh identity and linguistic legacies.


Diaspora Diversity – Ciara Garcha (online exhibition)

  • Date: TBC

  • Time: TBC                                 

  • Platform: Ciara Blog1/  Blog 2/  Blog 3

  • Description: Through an online exhibition, Ciara Garcha will document the stories of mixed-race South Asians in both contemporary Britain and historically. The exhibition would be made up of a collection of essays and photographs celebrating mixed-race South Asians and mixed-race identity and experience. The exhibition will celebrate the differences and varied perspectives that exist within South Asian communities.


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