Henley Festival

Bix Manor, Henley-on-Thames, Wednesday 2 Oct 2013, 13.30

“Dazzling Debuts: Gill Hornby and Sathnam Sanghera”. Gill and Sathnam have produced two of the most-anticipated debut novels of 2013. As the wife of Robert Harris, the sister of Nick Hornby and a respected journalist it was almost inevitable that Gill would write a novel. Starring a group of mothers with children at the same primary school The Hive, on the politics of the playground is witty, waspish and wry and the critics have loved it. Selected for the Waterstones 11, Sathnam follows his acclaimed memoir The Boy with the Top Knot with debut novel Marriage Material, an ingenious reimagining of Arnold Bennett’s classic The Old Wives’ Tale. To Arjan the family’s corner shop represents everything he has tried to leave behind. But when his mother insists on keeping it open after his father’s death he finds himself being dragged back, forced into big decisions about his imminent marriage and uncovering the history of his broken family. Hear them both tell what inspired them to make their first forays into fiction. £10 including coffee, tea and cake. Booking: http://henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk



Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival

Ivy house, 94-96 North End Road, London, Nw11 7sx., Monday 16 Sep 2013, 12:30

Sathnam Sanghera discusses his debut novel, Marriage Material, with Juliet Solomon. Monday 16th September 2013. Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London, Nw11 7sx. 12.30pm – 1.30pm.  £7.



In Conversation at The Asian Festival of Literature

Asia House, Friday 10 May 2013, 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM (BST)

DJ Nihal, Bobby Friction, Ravinder Bhogal, Siddhartha Bose and Sathnam Sanghera take a rollicking look at British Asian culture as they attempt to answer the burning question: Can we ever be perceived as cool? They examine the development of Asian food, film, language, literature and music in Britain and how British Asians have adapted their own traditions to make Britain the multicultural place it is today. Asia House
Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM (BST)


In Conversation at the Freud Museum

Wednesday 19 Sep 2012, 7.30pm

The Relational School (of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy) and the Freud Museum are holding a series of intimate evening forums addressing the subject of memoir from the perspective of how writing and publishing has come to affect the individual’s experience of their own story. This evening will see Eva Hoffman, author of Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton. Both have written powerful memoirs of living in and between two very different cultures and of the impact of this experience on their identity and psyche. £14/£10 Concessions and Members of The Relational School or The Freud Museum. Advance booking highly recommended. For further information please contact eventsandmedia@freud.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7435 2002. 19 September 2012, 7.30pm, Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, NW3 5SX.



The Bostin'' 60s

Saturday 11 Jun 2011

This exhibition, drawn largely from the collections of the Black Country museum services, has been selected by Sathnam
Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Top Knot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets, and Lies in Wolverhampton and regular Times columnist. The 1960s is an era poignant to Sanghera as it was the decade his parents arrived in Wolverhampton. He has selected a wide range of social history ephemera and memorabilia which tells a story of enormous social, cultural and architectural change in the City. Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 19 Feb – 11 Jun 2011


Writing About Childhood

Tuesday 7 Jun 2011, 6.30pm–8.30pm

Do you want to explore your early life? Are you trying to make sense of your upbringing by writing about it? Psychologies Magazine has joined with Penguin Books to bring you an event dedicated to writing about childhood.You’ll hear from Penguin authors Charlotte Moore, who wrote about raising her autistic sons in George And Sam: Autism In The Family, and the history of her family home in Hancox: A House And A Family; and Sathnam Sanghera, Times columnist and author of the highly acclaimed book The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir Of Love, Secrets And Lies In Wolverhampton. The evening will get under way with a welcome drink for all guests, after which the two authors will explain the process of writing their books, and offer invaluable insights for would-be writers who are seeking to document their own experiences. You’ll go home with a bag of books and a magazine, plus a reading list of the best fictionalised and real-life writing about childhood. Tuesday 7 June, 6.30pm–8.30pm, Penguin HQ, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL. Tickets cost £20, including pre-discussion wine and nibbles, and are available to buy here.


Am I Tone Deaf?

Thursday 9 Sep 2010, 11am

If you are tone-deaf can your brain be re-tuned by singing lessons? Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera has spent his life miming to songs. Like one in 15 of us, he believes he is tone deaf. But is he? In this programme he braves both scientific testing and singing lessons in the hope of finding his voice. Vocal coach Heather Mair Thomas believes that whatever the diagnosis, she has ways of making him sing. But will doctors who argue that congenital tone deafness cannot be cured by training alone eclipse her optimism? As Sathnam navigates his way between science and song, he will meet key experts who are dedicated to exploring the scientific highs and lows of tone deafness. For the past decade, neurologists have developed a number of techniques aimed at identifying the root cause of amusia known more commonly as tone deafness. If they can understand more about this relatively common condition it will help them to understand more complex neurological disorders that can affect speech or sound perception. Sathnam will also take on board the sound advice that fellow sufferers have to offer. Retired Reverend Jim Cross was occupationally obliged to lead his church in song, however his congregation gave him special dispensation to simply say the lines aloud following his diagnosis of amusia. BBC Radio 4, 11am, Friday September 9th