Thursday 28 February 2019, Bridewell Hall, Doors open at 18:00

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Kamila Shamsie, FRSL, the award-winning writer will be delivering the second annual Liberty Lecture in association with the human rights campaigning organisation, Liberty, co-hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London's Department of English and the Institute of English Studies. The Lecture and Q&A session will be chaired by Dr Nikita Lalwani, Lecturer in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.   

This event will be followed by a wine reception and light refreshments. 


Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels: In the City by the Sea (shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Salt and Saffron; Kartography (also shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Broken Verses; Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. 

Home Fire was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and won the London Hellenic Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan's Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013; she was also awarded a South Bank Arts Award in 2018. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. 


Liberty is an independent membership organisation. They challenge injustice, defend freedom and campaign to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly. They are campaigners, lawyers and policy experts who work together to protect rights and hold the powerful to account. They empower others to defend their own rights and the rights of their family, friends and communities. Their principles are guided by evidence and expertise – not political agenda, profit or popular opinion. They’re not afraid to speak uncomfortable truths or confront intolerance and abuse of power wherever they find it. Together they’ve been making the UK a fairer, more equal place since 1934.