Faiz Ahmad Faiz is one of South Asia’s most celebrated poets. After forty years, his daughter Moneeza Hashmi responds to his letters to her in Conversations with My Father. The memoir’s unique form allows her to share Faiz’s intimate correspondence, while also telling her own story of a distinguished family and remarkable life.
Moneeza Hashmi’s illustrated talk will include a short film showing. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
The event will be hosted by Professor Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Department of History. She will introduce Conversations with My Father by linking it to broader trends in women’s autobiographical writing in Muslim South Asia.
Moneeza Hashmi is a broadcaster, television producer, media consultant and former General Manager of Pakistan Television. Along with Conversations with My Father, she is the author of Who Am I (2014), a collection of interviews with iconic Pakistani women.
Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is a cultural historian of Muslim South Asia, writing on women’s activism, autobiography, travel writing and, most recently, food. She is the author of Elusive Lives: Gender, Autobiography and the Self in Muslim South Asia (2018), among other books.