The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature

The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature

The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature celebrates the newest and best writing on Asia in a series of talks and discussions. Focusing on Asian and non-Asian authors writing about Asia, the programme covers a broad spectrum of fiction and non-fiction from a selection of Asian countries.

Allen tells the story of the forgotten Kipling: ‘Ruddy’ the troubled teenager eager to be accepted by Anglo-Indian society but too cocky for his own good. A young man fearful of Indian India, terrified of heat, darkness and disease, he suffered a series of breakdowns before finding escape in drugs and ‘night-walks’, which took him into the ‘Native’ City of Lahore. This is the ‘real’ Kipling – before fame, family tragedy and the hardening of his political prejudices undid him.

Charles Allen is best known for such chronicles of British India as Plain Tales of the Raj, and Soldier Sahibs. He experienced an early childhood similar to Kipling’s in India and subsequently has lived and travelled through every corner of the subcontinent. His fascination with Kipling in India stems from a family connection: his great grandfather gave sixteen year old Ruddy his first job, as assistant editor of the Civil and Military Gazette of Lahore.

Region: All
Start Date: 15/05/2008
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Start Time: 18:30
Venue: Asia House
Venue Address: 63 New Cavendish Street, London
Website: http://www.asiahouse.org
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
 
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