Documenting history: Book Panel Event
|Starts:||18:00 5 Sep 2019|
|Ends:||20:00 5 Sep 2019|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16, Secondary schools|
Documenting history: Book Panel Event (In partnership with Blackwell’s)
Why should Jallianwala Bagh be remembered? How can we understand what really happened that day in 1919? Hear from authors who have researched and written about the massacre that happened 100 years ago, and why it’s important for both Britain and India to commemorate it.
Come and meet the authors who have extensively researched and powerfully written about the Amritsar Massacre.
Saurav Dutt is a novelist and political analyst, who has worked tirelessly to lobby the UK government to offer a formal apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, launching his own tribute on the centenary of the massacre at the House of Lords. His book Garden of Bullets: Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh explores the horror and historical importance of the Amritsar Massacre through the insightful lens of historical fiction, analysing the consequences of the event through conflicting view points, such as through that of the Raj, nationalist movements, embittered Sepoys, as well as exploring the legacy of Udham Singh.
Vanessa Holburn is a journalist who has worked and travelled extensively in Asia. The Amritsar Massacre is Vanessa's first book, and was written to make the topic of British Colonisation accessible to the many generations that have never covered the topic as part of the national curriculum. The book asks why something that happened 100 years ago remains both controversial and relevant today. It seeks to explain the political backdrop and the personalities involved that conspired to set in motion the chain of events that led to a British Army Officer opening fire on unarmed Indian civilians. It asks who was ultimately responsible for both those deaths and also the significant events that followed. It is not a book for the historian but for everyone.
Bali Rai has written over forty novels for teenagers and children. Born in Leicester, his writing is inspired by his working-class, multicultural background. His book is set in Amritsar 1919, in the days leading up to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It also takes in WW1 in 1915, Brighton later that same year, and Udham Singh's time in prison just before his execution. Told as five intersecting stories, it was his first historical novel.
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