Shenaz Patel was born and lives on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
As a journalist, she has been a Reuter Fellow and worked as Editor-in-Chief of a political newspaper, before setting up the arts, culture and society section of Mauritius' biggest weekly, for which she still serves as a columnist.
As a writer, she has published four novels, numerous short stories in French and Mauritian Creole, two plays, two graphic novels, and four children's books. She has also translated into Creole two Tintin comic books and Beckett's Waiting for Godot. One of her main novels narrates the plight of the Chagossian people, expelled from their archipelago to enable the United States to build one of their main military bases. She was an IWP (International Writers Program) Honorary Fellow in the U.S. in 2016.
She likes to define herself as an explorer. "Try to unearth the untold, the unsaid, approach our secret humanity, dig deeper into things and people's lives, with the broken but stubborn nails of words"; this is what she pursues through her writings. Shenaz Patel is as attached to the interiority of individuals as she is to the way individuals relate to particular social and political contexts. She believes in the nurturing the idea that writing can change the world.
The event is free and open to the public. A Q+A session will follow each talk. Please feel free to bring a lunch.
Please check the event website for more information: http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-lectures/events/april-18-2018-1200pm/spring-colloquium-shenaz-patel