Join us for an evening of conversation with journalist and broadcaster Lainy Malkani as she reveals the stories and inspiration behind her debut collection of short stories, Sugar, Sugar Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers. Putting her on the spot will be presenter and filmmaker, Wyn Baptiste.
The night will prove to be fun and enlightening as Lainy reveals her passion to lift the lid of this previously hidden history and why explain why she chose fiction to bring the stories she found to life.
Lainy's Sugar, Sugar is a contemporary collection of short stories which reveals a rich and culturally diverse history behind India's migrant workers and one of the most abundant and controversial commodities in the world. Inspired by historical documents between 1838 and 1917, and the living memories of the descendants of indentured workers, Sugar, Sugar spans five continents, travelling through time uncovering inspiring tales of courage and resilience.
Lainy Malkani is a London-born writer, broadcast journalist and presenter with Indo-Caribbean roots. In 2013 she set up the Social History Hub to bring the stories of ‘unsung heroes’ in society to life. Her critically acclaimed two-part radio documentary for BBC Radio 4, Sugar, Saris and Green Bananas, inspired her to create this collection of short stories.
Wyn Baptiste is a presenter, director and producer. He has made a range of programmes covering subjects from the arts and social history to politics and business. Like Lainy, Wyn has experience of working on projects closely linked to his own personal heritage, presenting the BBC documentary about the origins of one of the largest festivals in Europe: the Notting Hill Carnival.
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