We've had so many great authors and creators on the bookclub.
Gurmeet is one of India’s most renowned conservation architect's, who has been internationally recognised, most notably by UNESCO, for her work. Gurmeet talks about her 20 year engagement with the city of Amritsar to conserve some of it's historic buildings.
The Anarchy:the Relentless Rise of the East India Company' William Dalrymple in conversation with actor and filmmaker, Jassa Ahluwalia
Historian George Morton-Jack, author of 'The Indian Empire at War' - drawing on long-lost Indian veteran interviews and oral memories in India and Pakistan to explore neglected personal stories of 1914-1918
The origins of Yogi Bhajan's yoga and the reorienting of his 3HO group towards Sikhism
Jvala Singh discusses the Suraj Podcast which presents listeners short summaries of chapters within the monumental historical text, the Gurpratap Suraj Prakash Granth (1843), written by the Great Poet Santokh Singh
The remarkable story of Udham Singh who killed Sir Michael O’Dwyer to avenge the victims of the Amritsar massacre
Amardeep Singh has dedicated himself to research on Sikh Legacy remnants. He has authored two path-breaking books, entitled, 'Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan' and 'The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan'.
Vee Walker, award-winning author and heritage consultant, was inspired to write her prizewinning epic novel of WWI, Major Tom's War, by the unlikely yet true love story of her own grandparents.
Award-winning journalist, author and presenter Sathnam Sanghera speaks with reporter-filmmaker Amandeep Kaur Bhangu about his writing, journalism and TV work.
Having carefully curated the world's most important private collection of Sikh art, arms and armour Davinder Toor joins us to talk about his book 'In Pursuit of Empire' which takes the reader on a journey through his collection and the story of the Sikhs
BBC journalist Kavita Puri speak about the extraordinary testimonies she has collected of British South Asians, who broke their silence 70 years after partition, to reveal heart-breaking stories of loss, belonging and compassion.
Prof Kim Wagner
Prof Wagner speaks about his meticulously researched history of the 1919 massacre at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar.
Actor, comedian, writer, producer, playwright and national treasure Meera Syal in conversation with reporter and filmmaker Amandeep Kaur Bhangu.
Prof William Gould & Prof Sarah Ansari
The politics behind the Partition of India in 1947
Kevin Bacon and Jody East
Why did George IV's seaside pleasure palace become a hospital for Indian soldiers? A talk and Q&A with Kevin Bacon and Jody East from Brighton's Royal Pavilion, exploring the myths and realities surrounding one of the most unusual hospitals of the First World War.
Dr Radha Kapuria
How both music and dance played a vital role in state craft and deeply influenced the Indo-European diplomatic relationship even though it is often overlooked by historians. From performances of the legendary corps of ‘Amazons’ acting as “gifts” to European visitors, to striking a coin in Moran’s name, music and dance played an intrinsic role in the Court.
Haroon Khalid is an anthropologist and author of four books. Walking with Nanak is his highly rated third book and is a result of a lifetime’s fascination with the life of Guru Nanak. In the words of The Hindustan Times : “Khalid manages to bring the founder of Sikhism to life, manages to walk with him, and manages to take readers along.”
Dr Shashi Tharoor
Former UN under-Secretary General and politician, Dr Shashi Tharoor discusses his international bestseller ‘The Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India. Shashi is In conversation with BBC journalist and broadcaster Kavita Puri,
Author, Pav Singh joins bookclub to present the definitive account based on harrowing victim testimonies and official accounts reveals how the largest mass crime against humanity in India's modern history was perpetrated by politicians and covered up with the help of the police, judiciary and media.
The Punjabi Sikh Presence in Early American Yoga. This talk tells the hidden history of the Punjbai Sikh presence in early American yoga through the stories of five Punjabi Sikh immigrants
Dr Priya Atwal
Dr Priya Atwal shines fresh light on the kingdom of Ranjit Singh in conversation with actor, writer and filmmaker Jassa Ahluwalia.
Amandeep Madra & Parmjit Singh
Warrior Saints tells the compelling story of how they fought back to establish a powerful empire stretching from the borders of Tibet to Afghanistan across Punjab's plains. The Sikh army became one of Asia's most powerful but their growing territorial ambition brought them into conflict with a rival foreign power, the British East India Company.
Author & Historian Amarpal Sidhu takes you on a virtual tour of the battlefields of some famous battles between the British and the Sikhs.
Prof Satwinder Singh Juss
In the 90th anniversary week of Bhagat Singh's execution, Dr Juss shared how the British authorities used controversial legislative powers to convict Bhagat Singh.
Prof Priya Satia
Prof Priya Satia, from Stanford University, joins the UKPHA Bookclub to describe the alternative futures anticolonial thinkers continued to imagine as the new border was drawn, especially through the poetic idioms of Urdu and Punjabi.
Davinder Toor traces the earliest artistic expressions of the founder of the Sikh way through objects in his own collection and those of museums around the world.
Kavita Puri joins the UKPHA Bookclub in conversation with Jassa Ahluwalia, to talk about her critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series ‘Three Pounds in my Pocket’, which has charted the social history of British South Asians over four seasons, decade by decade covering the 1960’s to 2000’s.
Haroon Khalid joined the UKPHA Bookclub to talk about his book ‘In Search of Shiva: A Study of Folk Religious Practices in Pakistan.’
Gibb Schreffler focuses on the dhol and its significance in Punjabi culture and questions whether the dholi community and its identity will survive?
Susan Stronge takes us on a fascinating journey in which she highlights the exquisite objects which mark the artistry and creativity in the history of Lahore.
Award-winning journalist, author and presenter Sathnam Sanghera speaks with reporter-filmmaker Amandeep Kaur Bhangu about his latest book, Empireland.
Toxification explores the plight of the Punjabi farmer and the price they pay for the rice on our plate.
In this gripping memoir, Marina Wheeler tells the story of her mother’s early years shaped by the Partition and her subsequent search for personal and political freedom.
Prof Nikki Guninder Kaur Singh
Prof Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh drawing upon her work on the Guru Granth Sahib will discuss how the female was exalted by the Gurus to ensure equality.
Gurmeet Rai and Raghu Rai
A virtual book launch event of the exciting new book ' Amritsar - A City in Remembrance' - a love letter to Punjab's spiritual and cultural capital, a city that captivates and confounds.
Prof Parminder Bhachu
Prof Parminder Bhachu in conversation with Dr Jagbir Jutti-Johal to talk about her innovative new book ‘Movers and Makers.’
Using the oral narratives of four generations of people - mainly Pakistanis but also some Indians - attempts to understand how the perception of Partition and the 'other' has evolved over the years.
This talk explores the little-known history of the ‘Kooka’ Massacre.
Jvala Singh explores mythological components of Sikh history and scripture.
Mallika Kaur will talk about her recent book that tells the unusual sides to Punjab's conflict story.
Historian William Dalrymple joins the UKPHA Bookclub in conversation with actor and filmmaker Jassa Ahluwalia to discuss two hundred years of tumultuous colonial history, covert political machinations and bloody resistance.
Prof Lou Fenech
Lou Fenech returns to the UKPHA Bookclub to present another captivating talk that will focus on Guru Gobind Singh’s Darbar (Divine Court).
Philip Deslippe returns to the UKPHA book club to discuss his latest research findings which shed even more light on the already colourful life of Thind.
Andrew Whitehead joins the Bookclub to talk about the little-known story of Freda Bedi.
Virinder Kalra joins the Bookclub in conversation with Pritpal Singh to explore the ways in which Nusrat’s Qawaali engaged with other spiritual music texts.
Dr Nadhra Kahn
The Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1799-1839) died ten years before the British annexation of the Punjab in 1849. his funerary monument or samadhi is located next to the Lahore fort, where the Maharaja lived. The structure is the last state funded project of the Lahore Darbar and represents a high point of nineteenth-century Sikh architecture, second only to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Remnants of Partition tells the family stories hidden within items carried between the new India and Pakistan, amid chaos and violence
'54 Punjabi Proverbs' is a playful rendering into English of some classic (and some little known) Punjabi proverbs.
Kirit Singh is currently undertaking his PhD, SOAS University, London. His talk is on the Rababi Tradition in Sikh Gurbani Kirtan.
Prof Lou Fenech
Professor Fenech talks about his forthcoming book which is about a group within Sikh tradition known as the Panj Piare, the first five Sikh disciples who form the nucleus of the Sikh martial community known as the Khalsa.