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‘Creative Dialogues’ is a series of exclusive ‘in-conversation’ events from the University of Exeter - showcasing a range of high-profile speakers who are leaders in their respective fields across the creative industries and Humanities.

They offer rare opportunities to join internationally renowned professionals in person and learn first-hand about their colourful careers and life works.

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Date and location: 18 October 2018, Alumni Auditorium, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

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Kamila Shamsie, a new wave Pakistani writer and author of five acclaimed novels, will be the next guest in our event series Creative Dialogues.

Serbian writer and poet, and Lecturer at the University, Vesna Goldsworthy, will delve into Kamila’s experiences as a young girl growing up in Karachi, as a woman pursuing a career in writing and her literary accomplishments, including recognition as one of Orange’s 21 Writers of the 21st Century.

Special thanks to the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation for its kind funding that has made it possible for us to host this event.


About Kamila Shamsie

As a female born in Pakistan in the early 1970s, in a culture in which girls were expected to become only wives and mothers, Shamsie was fortunate in her family background and the support she received: her affluent and literary family already included several female writers, including her mother, Muneeza Shamsie, and her great-aunt, Attia Hosain. Consequently, her literary aspirations were positively encouraged.

Her first novel, In the City by the Sea, was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and her second, Salt and Saffron, won her a place on Orange's list of '21 Writers for the 21st Century'. In 1999 Kamila received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan. Her third novel, Kartography (2004), explores the strained relationship between soulmates Karim and Raheen, set against a backdrop of ethnic violence.

Kamila Shamsie lives in London and Karachi. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College in Clinton New York, where she has also taught Creative Writing, and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also writes for The Guardian, The New Statesman, Index on Censorship and Prospect magazine, and broadcasts on radio.

Her latest novels are Broken Verses (2005), and Burnt Shadows (2009), an epic narrative which was shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction, and which has since been translated to over 20 languages.

Past events

British Journalist and renowned fashionista, Alexandra Shulman CBE, will join us for the second in the series of Creative Dialogue events.

Don Boyd, film director, producer, screenwriter novelist, and Honorary Professor in Film Practice at the University of Exeter, will explore Alexandra’s vibrant career, including her time at British Vogue, as the longest serving editor-in-chief.

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On 22 January 2018, we were delighted to welcome acclaimed actor Charles Dance OBE, who joined us to kick start the first in a series of Creative Dialogue events.

Don Boyd, film director, producer, screenwriter novelist, and Honorary Professor in Film Practice at the University of Exeter, delved into Charles Dance’s thirty-five year career that boasts an impressive body of work across theatre, TV and film.

Starting out on stage, Charles is best known for his recent role as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s record-breaking Game of Thrones, for his part in TV series Bleak House and has featured in numerous films; including The Imitation Game, Dracula Untold, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters and Gosford Park.

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