Ealing Book Festival

Friday 12th April 2024

6pm-7pm

Soane's Kitchen, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ

Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Sathnam Sanghera’s ‘ground-breaking Empireland’ showed how empire continues to shape life in Britain today. Join him to hear more about his latest book ‘Empire world’ which expands his exploration of British imperial legacies from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria, and beyond. The aim of Ealing Book Festival is to celebrate the joy of reading and to advance engagement and education around literature and reading. Through our events we hope to bring people and communities together; inspire and develop writers of all ages; showcase well-known authors and promote local writers, and grow book-loving audiences. £12.

Cambridge Literary Festival

Saturday April 20th 2024

12pm

TTP Stage (Cambridge Union), Cambridge

Sathnam Sanghera’s ground-breaking Empireland revealed how empire continues to shape life in Britain today. Now with Empireworld he expands the scope and examines how the British Empire shaped the rest of the world, exploring how, to this day, 2.6 billion people inhabit former British colonies. Sathnam travelled the globe, tracing empire’s international legacies – from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria – and will share with us just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world, and why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire. In conversation with Kavita Puri. 

Gloucester History Festival

Saturday April 13th

4pm

Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellegate St, Gloucester, GL1 2HN

Sathnam Sanghera’s award-winning Empireland started a national conversation about how we talk about race and imperial history in Britain. Now with Empireworld he traces the legacies of the British Empire across the globe exploring how 2.6 billion people live in former British colonies. His journey takes him from Barbados and Mauritius to India, Nigeria and beyond, demonstrating just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world. And why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire. In conversation with historian and BBC broadcaster Kavita Puri. £14.

In Conversation with Viv Groskop for Bristol 5×15

Thursday March 21 2024

19:30

THE MOUNT WITHOUT, UPPER CHURCH LN, ST MICHAEL’S HILL, BRISTOL BS2 8FN

A conversation about a ground-breaking exploration of how British empire has shaped the world we live in today. 2.6 billion people are inhabitants of former British colonies. The empire’s influence upon the quarter of the planet it occupied, and its gravitational influence upon the world outside it, has been profound: from the spread of Christianity by missionaries to nearly 1 in 3 driving on the left side of the road, and even shaping the origins of international law. Yet Britain’s idea of its imperial history and the world’s experience of it are two very different things. ­­In Empireworld, award-winning author and journalist, Sathnam Sanghera extends his examination of British imperial legacies beyond Britain. Travelling the globe to trace its international legacies – from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria and beyond – Sanghera demonstrates just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world. And why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire. Tickets from £13.70

The Lancaster History Lecture

Wed, 20 Mar 2024

19:00

Margaret Fell Lecture Theatre, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, LA1 4YW

In partnership with Lancaster University, Litfest is proud to announce a new venture – The Lancaster History Lecture. Our inaugural speaker is Sathnam Sanghera, whose outstanding book Empireland changed the way we think about history and Britain’s place in the world, winning the 2022 British Book Award for Narrative Nonfiction and inspiring the Channel 4 documentary Empire State of Mind. His latest book, Empireworld, has just been published and has been described by Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads, as ‘a book for our times’. In his Lancaster History Lecture, Sanghera will speak to the importance of history and the humanities in understanding and shaping the world – and discuss the legacies of the British Empire across the globe. After the lecture he will be in conversation with Will Pettigrew, followed by an in-person and online Q&A. Will Pettigrew is Professor of History at Lancaster University. Supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the History Department at Lancaster University. Recommended ticket price: £5. Sathnam Sanghera’s book will be available to purchase from our online bookshop soon. If you can no longer make the event in-person, please cancel your ticket through Eventbrite or email marketing@litfest.org. You can also watch this event online via Crowdcast.

Daunt Books Festival 2024

Thursday 14th March 2024

8.30pm

Daunts Marylebone, Marylebone High Street, London

Sathnam Sanghera follows the bestselling Empireland with Empireworld. This essential and absorbing book explores British imperial legacies beyond Britain. Travelling the globe to trace its international legacies – from Barbados to India, Nigeria and beyond – Sanghera demonstrates just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world and illuminates how Britain’s idea of it and the world’s experience of it are two very different things. Sathnam Sanghera is an award-winning writer and journalist. He has written a memoir; The Boy With the Topknot and a novel, Marriage Material. He will be in conversation. Ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink. £10. Marylebone.

“Beyond the Page” in Plymouth

Saturday February 17th

10am

The Box, St Luke's, Plymouth PL4 8AX

Featuring two of the country’s leading thinkers on the subject of the British empire and its impact on the world, we are thrilled to be hosting this special in conversation event on the opening day of the ‘Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now’ exhibition. Listen as exhibition co-curator Hammad Nasar and author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera talk about Sathnam’s newly published book. Empireworld: How British Imperialism Shaped the Globe looks at just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world. Sathnam will be signing copies of the book after the event. They will also discuss some of the key themes in the exhibition, which explores the role that British incursion into South Asia played in the evolution of historic miniature painting, and its link to the revival of this art form over the last two centuries. Sathnam and Hammad’s work is changing the way we think about our histories. Book now for this unmissable event! Doors open at 10am. Standard – £ 10. Members – £ 8.

EMPIREWORLD LAUNCH EVENT IN EDINBURGH

Thursday February 1st 2024

7pm

The Portobello Bookshop, 46 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1DA

We’re delighted that Sathnam Sanghera is coming to the bookshop for an evening event to celebrate the publication of his latest book, Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe. This event will take place in the bookshop with an in-person audience, as well as a livestream for attendees watching from home. There will be a signing after the event. In-person vouchers can be redeemed on the night of the event against a single copy of Empireworld – we will have a list of attendees with vouchers to be redeemed. Please note that only one voucher can be redeemed per book. Livestream vouchers are valid until the day after the event and can be redeemed on the website against a single copy of Empireworld.

Empireworld Launch Event in Bath

Tuesday January 30th 2024

19:30

Elim Church, Charlotte St, Bath BA1 2ND

2.6 billion people are inhabitants of former British colonies. The empire’s influence upon the quarter of the planet it occupied, and its gravitational influence upon the world outside it, has been profound: from the spread of Christianity by missionaries to nearly 1 in 3 driving on the left side of the road, and even shaping the origins of international law. Yet Britain’s idea of its imperial history and the world’s experience of it are two very different things. In Empireworld, Sanghera extends his examination of British imperial legacies beyond Britain. Travelling the globe to trace its international legacies – from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria and beyond – Sanghera demonstrates just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world. And why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire. Tickets from £6 to £20, and a signing.

Empireworld Launch Event in London

Thu, 25 January 2024

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW

Sathnam Sanghera’s ground-breaking Empireland revealed how Empire continues to shape life in Britain today. Now he returns to How To Academy, in a launch event for Empireworld, to tell scientist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford how the British Empire shaped the rest of the world. Sathnam travelled the globe tracing Empire’s international legacies – from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria and beyond. In this live event, he’ll show us just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world. And why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire. Books are supplied by Primrose Hill Books and can be picked up and signed at the event.

Praise for Sathnam Sanghera’s Empireworld:

“To read Sathnam Sanghera is to understand the world anew. Vanishingly few writers can lay claim to his breadth of talent.”— Elizabeth Day

“A remarkable and important work – one that is finely judged, beautifully written and not just a welcome corrective but a book for our times. This is essential reading.”— Peter Frankopan

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