‘Autobiography at Novel’: with Shazia Hobbs and Magi Gibson, 25 November, CCA
‘Autobiography at Novel’: with Shazia Hobbs and Magi Gibson
Tuesday 25th November 2014; 7pm to 8.30pm,
CCA Club Room, Glasgow
Shazia Hobb’s The Gori’s Daughter is about the life of a young, mixed race woman – daughter of a Kashmiri father and Glaswegian mother – living in a polygamous family household, with her parents and her father’s Muslim wife (as well as the children from both relationships). She constantly struggles with the rejection and hostility which her background elicits, from both Glasgow’s white and Asian communities. The novel documents her fight to provide her own daughter with a culture and tradition which she could accept with pride.
The Gori’s Daughter will prove to be of tremendous interest both nationally and internationally; its uncompromising exploration of the realities, rather than the myths, of race relations within modern Scotland is likely to have an explosive impact (challenging, as it does, the cosy assumptions on both sides). The book will also appeal to all who enjoy that paradigm tale of the human spirit triumphing over the miseries imposed by traditionalists and bigots.
The Gori’s Daughter sheds a relentless light on an aspect of Scottish-Asian relationships which is seldom acknowledged. Often harrowing, always exciting and revealing, the tale is ultimately about triumph; a victory for resilience and decency, over bigotry and discrimination.
Magi Gibson, of the Glasgow Women’s Library, will interview Shazia to explore the challenges of autobiography.
Tickets: £6 (£3 for concessions) at the door. FREE to SWC members.
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD
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