2022 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lecture

As the University of Kent’s inaugural New Imaginaries Fellow, Kamila Shamsie will give the 2022 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lecture.

The annual T.S. Eliot Memorial Lecture has been hosted by the University of Kent since 1967. Previous lectures have included W.H. Auden, Edward Said, Helen Vendler, Seamus Heaney, Kamau Brathwaite and Marina Warner. 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Eliot’s major poem, The Waste Land

Sponsored by the University’s Migration and Movement Signature Research Theme, the New Imaginaries Fellowship is awarded to a leading thinker – whether public intellectual, creative practitioner, politician or campaigner – who can help re-imagine and re-articulate the dynamics of migration and movement. The University is honoured to welcome Kamila Shamsie as the inaugural New Imaginairies Fellow.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Home Fire won the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Burnt Shadows won the Premio Boccaccio (Italy) and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction; A God in Every Stone was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (India). A Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, she was one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2013. She grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London. Her next novel Best of Friends will be published this autumn.

Kamila Shamsie’s T.S. Eliot Lecture will be titled: ‘Waking alone/ At the hour when we are/Trembling with tenderness/Lips that would kiss/Form prayers to broken stone’: Literature’s power and powerlessness.

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