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Writers on Art: Kamila Shamsie

The image is a photograph of the writer Kamila Shamsie. Shamie is facing the camera and is wearing an orange and red, patterned tunic. She is sitting on a teal chair, in front of a pale background.

Image by Zain Mustafa, courtesy of the artist.

Join award-winning author Kamila Shamsie for this special talk

Join Kamila Shamsie, the award-winning author of seven novels, at the inaugural event for Writers on Art, a new series commissioning the best contemporary writers from around the world to produce new work on art and visual culture. In addition to the public event, this unique, multi-platform series will feature Shamsie's work across Tate in both print and digital form; through an article for Tate Etc. and a digital contribution for the Tate website.

Shamsie's talk will explore how artists such as Zarina Hashmi have explored the power of letter-writing, and the visual representation of texts and lettering more widely. The event will be chaired by the critic, journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark.


Alex Clark

Alex Clark is a critic, journalist and broadcaster who writes on a wide range of subjects for the Guardian, the Observer, the Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement. She has judged many literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker prize. She regularly chairs live events, appears on radio and is the guest artistic director of next April’s Cambridge Literary Festival.​

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 20 languages. Home Fire won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Burnt Shadows, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction; and A God in Every Stone, shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Three of her other novels (In the City by the Sea, Kartography, Broken Verses) have received awards from the Pakistan Academy of Letters. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, she grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London.

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The Clore Auditorium

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Date & Time

27 February 2019 at 18.30–20.00