Partition Voices: Untold British Stories description
In 1947, British judge Cyril Radcliffe made his first and only trip to India to redraw its map and create Pakistan. The deadly, dramatic impact of the hastily created border was immediate. Overnight, millions found themselves on what they regarded as the wrong side of the border and catastrophic violence ensued. A daughter of partition, Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices offers moving insight into lives ripped apart and remade by the trauma of this event, bringing it and its historic aftermath to vivid, intimate life.
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Kavita Puri works in BBC Current Affairs and is an award-winning TV executive producer and radio broadcaster. Her landmark three-part series Partition Voices for BBC Radio 4 won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize, and her critically acclaimed book of the same name was published in 2019. Kavita worked for many years at Newsnight and studied Law at Cambridge University.
Steven Gale is a festival programmer and moderator based in London. He has worked at theatres in England and Scotland, and taught at universities in Ireland and the United States. From 2016 to 2018, Steven was a cultural events producer at the British Library. He has chaired over 450 author sessions at literary festivals worldwide.