Sathnam Sanghera: Locked Down with Gen Z
When lockdown started, The Times columnist and author Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot) invited his two young nieces aged 21 and 23 to live with him in his London flat. As they bickered over film choices, snacking, alcohol consumption and long hairs blocking the drains, his articles and social media posts chronicling the experience proved hugely popular. Sathnam and his nieces Jasveen and Simran Kular talk to the Labour MP Jess Philips (Truth to Power) about family ties, learning from each other, and life with an uncool uncle. Cheltenham Literary Festival. Online viewing option. £14 plus booking fee; Live Captioned
Civilised Sundays at Jikoni
Sathnam Sanghera whose memoir The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton was recently turned into a BBC drama will be talking about his life and career and how his latest project, a Channel 4 documentary on the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, The Massacre That Shook The Empire has affected the way he sees Britain. He will be interviewed by renowned author and historian Amandeep Madra. To complement the conversation, Jikoni’s Chef Patron Ravinder Bhogal has created a menu reflecting both their recent trips to Amritsar. Dishes will include Langar Dhal Croquetas with Punjabi Carrot Achaar, Paneer Gnudi, Saag and Salted Dried Paneer, Amritsari Fritto Misto as well as a traditional Punjabi Thali featuring a variety of pulses and vegetables normally found off restaurant menus and exclusively in Punjabi home kitchens. For something sweet, a rich dessert of Carrot, Cardamom and Vanilla Kheer Creme Brûlée. Booking essential via link.
BLF 2018 – guest-curated by Sathnam Sanghera
The West Midlands tends to get forgotten in discussions of regional literature. Maybe, because it takes in parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire, the Black Country and Leicestershire, it can feel more formless than Scotland or The North or Wales or The South. But having set two books – my memoir The Boy With the Topknot and my novel Marriage Material – in my home town of Wolverhampton, I do think there is certain way of thinking and writing when you are neither from the North or the South, and when you live in an English urban, multicultural setting which is not London. Moreover, some of the greatest names in literary history, from Shakespeare to W.H. Auden to JRR Tolkien, came from here. I couldn’t, unfortunately, persuade these particular writers to make this year’s Birmingham Literary Festival, but I drew up a dream list of living authors with direct links to the region, emotionally blackmailed them individually, and am delighted that most agreed to come. I look forward to personally introducing Caitlin Moran, Nigel Slater, Jonathan Coe and many others. Booking open now.. Sathnam Sanghera
The journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera will present Creative Conversations at the Birmingham Hippodrome. In association with West Midlands Growth Company, Creative Conversations explore the role of the creative industries in urban place-making, regeneration, education and employment. Enjoy high-quality discourse as we probe into the impact of the creative industries on our region’s economy and beyond. Creative Conversations is also a chance to network with some of the most well-known names in the city from across the sectors. Tickets are £49.50pp to include welcome drink, light two-course seated lunch with wine. Places are strictly limited.
The Festival of Thetford and the Punjab
The Festival of Thetford and the Punjab will also explore the under-appreciated links between the town and the heart of the Sikh community. Organised by the Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP), it will mark the 125th anniversary of the death of the Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last king of the Punjab. Speakers include, journalist and author of The Boy with the Top Knot, Sathnam Sanghera; Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha.