Great Hall Literary Events - Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire


Swansea University Centenary Lecture Series
Curated and introduced by Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers


Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire

Over the last twenty years Kamila Shamsie has established herself as one of the most vital and interesting novelists at work today. Her books have captured the minds and hearts of readers across the world. Join Kamila as she discusses her latest novel with Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers. A re-telling of Sophocles’s Antigone in a contemporary landscape of jihad, a security state and the pressures of radicalisation upon family, love and friendship, Home Fire is a tour de force that powerfully illustrates how fiction can not only capture the present moment but also present the most challenging of its questions with empathy and insight.

‘Brave and brilliant… shocking and strangely beautiful’    SUNDAY TIMES

Followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books available to purchase from Cover to Cover Bookshop.

Sponsored by Swansea Building Society.

This event is part of the Being Human festival: The UK’s only national festival of the humanities 


Thursday 22 November 7.30pm

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Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels. The most recent, Home Fire, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and won the Women’s Prize 2018. A God in Every Stone was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.