Thu, 23 September 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST


Pandora Sykes Meets Shaparak Khorsandi

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Comedian, author, memoirist and broadcaster: Shaparak Khorsandi is a modern day comedy polymath, equally adept at thrilling the crowds at the Palladium and bravura literary storytelling.

As a five year old, Shaparak Khorsandi fled Iran when her father’s popularity as a satirist put their lives at risk. As she says, “obviously there’s free speech in Iran, but little freedom after you’ve spoken.”

Beginning a new life in London as an asylum seeker without a word of English, she has since become one of the country’s brightest and most loved comic performers, travelling to all corners of the globe with her stand-up shows, trudging through muddy to fields to perform at every festival from Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party, and becoming a regular face on TV and radio favourites including QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week.

Alongside her flourishing career as a stand-up Shaparak is also a journalist, memoirist, author and screenwriter. Her latest novel, Kissing Emma, reimagines the life of Emma Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s mistress, for the 21st century. It’s a fable about the rise and fall of a beautiful, but vulnerable, young woman in a world obsessed with money, status and looks.

In conversation with journalist and broadcaster Pandora Sykes, Shaparak will explore her remarkable life and work on stage and screen, and delve into Kissing Emma’s rich themes.

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Shaparak Khorsandi

Comedian and Writer

Shaparak Khorsandi’s career as a comedian and writer has taken her to all corners of the globe, appearing on stage, TV and radio including such shows as: Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI, The Graham Norton Show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. She is the author of the bestselling childhood memoir, A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English, and the novel Nina is Not OK. She also writes regularly for the Independent.

Pandora Sykes

Author, Journalist and Podcaster

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and broadcaster. A former features editor and columnist for the Sunday Times Style magazine, she has written for publications including the Telegraph, Observer, GQ and Vogue. She published her debut collection of essays How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? in 2020. She also a prolific podcast creator and host. She co-hosted the No.1 women’s podcast, The High Low, presents The Missing, produces her own interview series, Doing It Right, and wrote and presented an 8-part docu-series, Pieces of Britney, about Britney Spears, for BBC Radio 4.