Priya Basil  [ United Kingdom ]


Priya Basil Portrait
© Hartwig Klappert

Guest 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017.

Priya Basil was born in London and grew up in Kenya. In 2002 she moved to Berlin, where she still lives. She’s published two novels and a novella, as well as numerous essays for various publications, including The Guardian, Die Zeit, Neue Zürchner Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Lettre International and Die Tageszeitung. Her fiction, which weaves stories between continents and cultures, has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Recurring topics in her non-fiction include identity, art, mass surveillance, democracy, (neo-)colonialism and the European Union. Her new book Be My Guest, Reflections on Hospitality – a hybrid text combining essay and memoir forms – will be published in spring 2019. Priya is the co-founder of Authors for Peace, a political platform for writers and artists, established in 2010. She has been engaged with various political initiatives, most recently launching a campaign for a European Public Holiday across Europe. She is the curator of A European Holiday! and European Exchanges an event series started in May 2018 at the Literaturhaus Berlin and set to take place annually. In 2017, she co-curated the Congress for Democracy and Freedom at the ilb.

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