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Mohsin Hamid and Riz Ahmed: Migration and Magic

Part of London Literature Festival

Author Mohsin Hamid and actor, writer and musician Riz Ahmed reflect on why stories of migration have captivated our imaginations.

From the Ancient Greeks to Hamid's most recent novel, Exit West, stories of migration and displacement, love and hope are necessary in dark times. Ahmed, who starred in the film adaptation of Hamid's novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, joins the author to discuss how art and the novel can reflect a rapidly changing world.

Nominated for numerous awards including the Man Booker Prize, Exit West tells the story of Nadia and Saeed, two young people on the cusp of falling in love. They are forced to leave a collapsing city in search of a new life, and find themselves part of a tidal outpouring of people embarked on an unexpected and even magical odyssey.

Hamid is the author of three other novels: Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has featured on bestseller lists, and been adapted for the cinema and translated into over 35 languages. He was born in Lahore.

Ahmed is an award-winning actor, writer, producer, musician and soon-to-be director. Ahmed's performances in The Night Of, Girls, Four Lions and Nightcrawler garnered critical success, and he has appeared in blockbusters including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Jason Bourne. Ahmed is the creator of upcoming BBC2 drama series Englistan, the story of three generations of a British Pakistani family. His essay in the Nikesh Shukla-edited collection The Good Immigrant, published under the title ‘Typecast as a Terrorist’ in The Guardian, was dubbed ‘essential reading’.

This event will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster, Kieran Yates. Yates writes regularly for publications including The Guardian, Vice and Dazed and was nominated for Culture Writer of the Year in 2016. Yates co-authored Generation Vexed, contributed to essay collection The Good Immigrant and co-hosts The Guardian’s Music Weekly podcast.

Dates & times

28 Oct 2018
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£18
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£18

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For ages 16+.

Multi-buy discount
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