Empireworld at the Southbank Centre

Sunday July 14 2024

14:30

QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Drawing on his new book, journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera traces the legacies of the British empire around the world. Part of the Southbank Centre’s You Belong Here season, which explores why we all feel the very human need to belong in our communities and our spaces. Inspired by the unsung stories and forgotten trailblazers celebrated in the Hayward Gallery exhibition Tavares Strachan: There Is Light Somewhere, it takes its name from one of Strachan’s text-based neon sculptures installed on the outside of the gallery.  The whole of the Southbank Centre site comes to life with more new commissions by Strachan, alongside free public art by Florence Blanchard, Serena Brown, Joe Caslin, Artur Conka, Denman+Gould, Yinka Ilori, Suzie Larke and Hank Willis Thomas – and Jeppe Hein’s much-loved Appearing Rooms fountain returns for some respite from the (hopefully!) sunny weather. On-stage, the Southbank will celebrate stories from all over the world, with discussions on British identity, and a wide range of music, poetry, conversation and performance.

Sathnam Sanghera talks to David Olusoga

Sunday 2 June 2024

2:30pm

Hay Festival Hay-on-wye

The British Empire is a subject of both shame and glorification. Journalist Sathnam Sanghera talks to historian David Olusoga about how our imperial past is everywhere: from how we live and think to the foundation of the NHS and even our response to the Covid-19 crisis. Sanghera is author of Empireland and most recently Empireworld, a look at how British imperialism has shaped the world. Olusoga’s latest book is Black History for Every Day of the Year.

Charleston Festival 2024

24 May 2024

1.30pm

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL

Who will hold the reins of global power in the future? Join Sathnam Sanghera, highly regarded journalist and expert on the impact of the British Empire, as he interrogates the contradictions and legacies of colonial rule in his book ‘Empireworld’. Joining him is Peter R. Neumann, former UN advisor to the USA and geopolitics expert, who offers insights from his book ‘The New World Disorder’, which explores how the West has lost its global advantage. Together they will examine how global power structures will inevitably shift, and speculate on the new world order that will come in its place. Tickets £18. 15% concession for students, disabled visitors, universal and pension credit recipients and green travellers who arrive by public transport, by bike or on foot.

Sheffield Festival of Debate

Friday June 7 2024

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Showroom Workstation, Creative Lounge, Sheffield

Sathnam Sanghera’s groundbreaking new book Empireworld traces the legacies of the British empire around the world – from the creation of tea plantations across the globe, to environmental destruction, conservation, and the imperial connotations of Royal tours. Join the award-winning author and journalist for an evening of discussion with broadcaster Désirée Reynolds about just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world, and why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire. £9/£7. Part of our 2024 festival strand on Inequality. How should our society overcome inequalities of race, gender, sexuality, income and disability? Rescheduled event from April 30th.

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. 

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.

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.

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