Award-winning author, Anita Sethi to give an inspiring talk as part of this year’s Sangam Festival

British journalist and nature writer, Anita Sethi will host a special talk about her book I Belong Here: A Journey along the Backbone of Britain as part of the Sangam Festival programme of events.

The event, which has been organised in partnership with Huddersfield Literature Festival, will take place at Marsden Mechanics on Sunday 7th August at 3pm.

Anita, who has been described as a ‘refreshing new voice in nature writing’, was inspired to write the book following a race-hate crime which left her with panic attacks and anxiety. Anita longed for wide-open spaces and in a bid to reclaim her right to belong, she embarked on a journey across the Pennines.

I Belong Here was also shortlisted for the 2021 Wainwright Prize and won the 2021 Books Are My Bag Readers Award for non-fiction.

Qaisar Mahmood, CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Huddersfield Literature Festival on this event and we’re all looking forward to welcoming Anita to Kirklees as part of the festival next month. It promises to be an unmissable talk and a unique opportunity to find out first-hand about what inspired her for the story and what she learned along the way. The Marsden Mechanics is, without doubt, such a fitting venue to host the event as she talks about how the countryside became her retreat and ultimate healing power.”

Anita Sethi added “I’m delighted to be taking part in this Huddersfield Literature Festival event at Sangam Festival and look forward to sharing my journey with the people of Kirklees. Being from Manchester I have a strong connection with the north, and as my journey of belonging took me across the Pennines it seems more than apt to be in the heart of it all again.”

Tickets are now on sale for the event and can be booked via the festival website https://sangamfestival.co.uk/whats-on/ Tickets are priced at £7 each and £5 for concessions. The event is also being supported by Friends of Marsden Library.

Sangam Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Heritage is run by Huddersfield– based social enterprise Communities Together. The second festival will run in Kirklees from 18 July – 17 August 2022 and will co-inside with South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM). Its diverse programme of events includes venue-based, outdoor, and digital activities celebrating South Asian heritage, arts and culture – from film, music, dance, themed walks and family events to talks, workshops and oral history projects.

Information about the wider Festival and the full programme can be found at: https://sangamfestival.co.uk/

Praise for ‘I Belong Here’ by Anita Sethi

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