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Bradford Literature Festival

Sindbad Sci-Fi is excited to partner with this year’s Bradford Literature Festival – located in one of the most most vibrant cities in the UK.

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Islamicate Science Fiction

Saturday, 21st May 2016 | 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm | University of Bradford

Our panel will talk about their own work and Arabic sci-fi more broadly, touching on lesser known work from past authors as they explore the themes, worlds and wonders this exciting genre contains and examine its place within Islamicate fiction more generally.
Yasmin Khan of website Sindbad Sci-Fi, which is dedicated to promoting Arab science-fiction, moderates the discussion. She’s joined by writer, artist and calligrapher Razwan Ul Haq, whose flowing pieces are coloured with otherworldly influences and cosmological themes; fantasy author Rehan Khan, whose latest book ‘Last of the Tasburai’ centres around a sword-wielding heroine’s struggle against massing evil and the ghosts of her past; and Naomi Foyle, author of ‘The Gaia Chronicles’, a science-fantasy quartet set in a post-fossil fuel Mesopotamia.


Naomi Foyle is the author of ‘The Gaia Chronicles’, a planned quartet currently comprising ‘Astra’, ‘Rook Song’ and ‘The Blood of the Hoopoe’. Also an award-winning poet and a non-Muslim Fellow of the Muslim Institute, Naomi co-founded British Writers In Support of Palestine. Read our book review of Astra here.

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Rehan Khan was born in Wimbledon, close to the quintessential All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. As a child he loved listening to swashbuckling tales of heroism and valor. His debut novel is ‘Last of the Tasburai’ (2014). He is also a professor of management and leadership.

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Razwan Ul-Haq is a British Muslim artist with a wide range of artistic styles. His work can be described as experiential Islamic Art, a post-modern reflection that draws from the well that fed the traditional calligraphic foundations of Islamic Art. Razwan uses a number of science fiction motifs in his work.

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Yasmin Khan is the producer of Sindbad Sci-Fi, which seeks to engage audiences in discovering the interconnections of science fiction across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia and exploring relationships between culture and innovation. Yasmin has partnered with a diverse range of clients and artists to deliver major exhibitions and events across the museums, heritage and creative sectors.

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See the full festival programme: http://www.bradfordliteraturefestival.co.uk


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Orkney Science Festival

Sindbad Sci-Fi is delighted to partner with the 2015 Orkney International Science Festival to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary, the International Year of Light, and the centenary of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Join us for this fantastic voyage!


The Grimond Lecture
Yasmin Khan describes how science fiction, often seen as the ultimate bridge between science and the arts, is becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East – which once gave the world the tales of Sindbad’s adventures. Could the new wave of Arab SF enable the next generation to envision an alternative future – and inspire new waves of scientific development in the Arab world and beyond?

7 September  2015 | 2 pm

Kirkwall |Town Hall | Broad Street | KW15 1DH

The idyllic Orkney Islands are North of Scotland. The capital of the islands is Kirkwall situated near the center of the Mainland.

Click here for travel information or browse Visit Orkney.

TICKETS £4 | £2

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See the full festival programme: www.oisf.org 

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