My top 10 children’s book for summer – Zanib Mian

I’M Zanib Mian, the author of the Planet Omar series. I wanted to share my top picks for children to read over the summer. I loved writing in Omar’s voice, creating a character that I hope kids from all backgrounds will love. I wanted the message to be clear: you can be yourself, even if […]

Eastern Encounters: Indo-UK royal history captured in new exhibition

by LAUREN CODLING A NEW exhibition featuring four centuries of paintings and manuscripts gifted to the British monarchy from the Indian subcontinent is a “once in a generation experience,” its curator has said. Eastern Encounters showcases a number of artworks, including vivid depictions of the Mughal court, royal portraits and illustrations from Hindu epics. Showcased […]

Government’s funding can “revitalise” UK arts and culture sector

The UK government’s £1.57 billion emergency support package for the arts and culture sector has been described as a lifeline for an industry “brought to its knees” by the coronavirus pandemic. The package covers funding for Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues. It includes a £1.15bn for cultural organisations in […]

‘Ashe movie is terrific story of a black man in a white world’

REVIVAL OF PROTESTS AGAINST RACISM GIVES AMRITRAJ’S FILM ADDED RELEVANCE by AMIT ROY THIS is a movie that can be rated “AAAA” even before it is made – a film about the black tennis legend Arthur Ashe by the Indian Hollywood icon Ashok Amritraj. Ashe, who grew up in an America in which he found […]

‘Doctored artwork versions can help us laugh together’

MUSEUM REIMAGINES PAINTINGS WITH FACE MASKS TO REFLECT THE NEW PANDEMIC AGE by AMIT ROY SOME of the greatest paintings held by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge have been digitally changed to reflect the impact of Covid-19. The museum, which is linked to the university and is one of the most prestigious art institutions in […]

Mahsuda Snaith on the ‘write’ way to get started

THE lockdown is giving many a chance to write and there is help on hand from successful writers giving free advice to aspiring authors. Mahsuda Snaith has written the novels The Things We Thought We Knew and How To Find Home, along with writing short stories and leading creative workshops. The award-winning author is using […]

Singh twins honour BAME staff in artwork

By Amit Roy THE Singh Twins, Amrit and Rabindra Kaur, have referenced an Eastern Eye exclusive, in their new artwork, NHS V Covid-19-19: Fighting on Two Fronts. The newspaper’s report from May 8, by executive editor Shailesh Solanki, based on an interview with health secretary Matt Hancock, was headlined, “We owe the inquiry to BAME […]

Neil Basu: Reading thrillers helps me switch off

by AMIT ROY NEIL BASU, assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police and the most senior Asian police officer in the country, has talked to Eastern Eye – not about his work as the national lead for counter-terrorism policing in the UK – but about something completely different. “I really enjoyed it. It’s a crime thriller […]

Modern multi-cultural romance is relatable and offers many surprises

THIS is the second book from author Alisha Rai in her modern love series and continues her exploration of the romantic genre in contemporary culture. While her first book The Right Swipe looked at dating apps, this time around the trigger point for the plot is social media. The story revolves around Thai-American model Katrina, […]

When fiction becomes a tool to delve into history

WRITER CAUVERY MADHAVAN HIGHLIGHTS RELEVANCE OF IDENTITY STRUGGLES IN NEW BOOK by MITA MISTRY AUTHORS have a unique journey that will lead them towards writing a novel and Cauvery Madhavan is no different. She was born and educated in India before moving to Ireland 33 years ago, where she now lives in County Kildare with […]

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