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Lecture - Maaza Mengiste: Women at War

Maaza Mengiste with Kamila Shamsie

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

19:15 - 20:30, Knowledge Centre Eliot Room, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB - Tickets £11 - concessions available

The women soldiers written out of African and European history – with Maaza Mengiste and Kamila Shamsie

Join author and Fulbright Scholar Maaza Mengiste for a night of readings and conversation, as she casts light on the women soldiers written out of African and European history. Drawing on her latest book, The Shadow King, which is based Ethiopia in 1935 with the impending invasion of the Italian army, we explore female power and what it means to be a woman at war. Chaired by Kamila Shamsie.

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright Scholar and professor in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation programme at Queens College, she is the author of The Shadow King and Beneath the Lion's Gaze, named one of Ten Best Contemporary African Books by The Guardian. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, Granta and the New York Times, among other publications. Her short story Stonehenge was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of their Skylines series in 2004. She lives in New York City but will be based in Zurich, Switzerland for six months from January 2020.

Kamila Shamsie is a British-Pakistani writer and author of six novels, including the Orange Prize for Fiction shortlisted Burnt Shadows and Women's Prize for Fiction winning Home Fire. Born and raised in Karachi, Shamsie has lived in London since 2007.


Book tickets via the British Library website.



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