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Hanif Kureishi – My Beautiful Film Career

Hanif Kureishi – My Beautiful Film Career

When: Sat 29 Mar 2014, 13.30-18.00

Where: Conference Centre, British Library

Price: £20, (£16 Over 60s) and £14

Book now for 29 Mar 2014

From My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) to Le Week-end (2013) acclaimed screenwriter, novelist and playwright Hanif Kureishi reflects on his work in film with writer Rachel Holmes.

The British Library recently announced the acquisition of his personal archive, including over 50 personal diaries and notebooks as well as drafts and working material relating to all of his major works. The archive spans over 40 years, from an early teenage diary written in 1970 up to paper and digital drafts of his new novel, The Last Word.

Hanif Kureishi said: “I’m delighted that the British Library have decided to take on my archive, I can’t imagine it anywhere else. I hope with the British Library’s inventiveness and resourcefulness, it might be useful to a broad audience for a long time.”

For aspiring screenwriters and fans alike – a day not to be missed.


13.30 – 15.00    Screening of My Beautiful Laundrette

15.00 – 15.30    Break – Opportunity to view a selection of items from Hanif Kureishi’s personal archive

15.30 – 16.30    Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Rachel Holmes, followed by Q&A

16.30 – 18.00    Screening of Le Week-end

Rachel Holmes (image © Sarah Hickson)Rachel Holmes’ new book, Eleanor Marx: A Life  is published by Bloomsbury in May 2014. Rachel is also the author of The Hottentot Venus: The life and death of Saartjie Baartman (Bloomsbury) and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry (Viking & Tempus Books). Last year Rachel co-edited, Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago). She was co-commissioning editor of Sixty Six Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible (Oberon, 2011). In 2010 she received an Arts Council cultural leadership award as one of Britain’s Fifty Women to Watch. Rachel is currently curating the new Impossible Conversations series at the Donmar Warehouse. Rachel has spent a significant part of her life reading, writing and researching in the British Library.

This event is part of Spring Festival – The Library’s annual celebration of film, fashion and design.