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Book Launch: In the Foothills of the Himalayas

Join Huddersfield author Dr Sarah Hussain for the launch of her new novel, an eco-thriller set against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas. Sarah will be interviewed by the writer Michael Stewart.

Born in the Raj era under British rule, Vidhya grows up observing her father fight for a free India. She witnesses catastrophic flooding as a result of deforestation by order of a powerful English company, and begins to understand the importance of preserving the forest. When Vidhya uncovers a conspiracy that puts her in great jeopardy, she courageously leads a group of women on a non-violent protest and they embrace the trees. But at what cost? 

Dr Sarah Hussain is a Huddersfield author and educator. Her novella Escape from Syria was a finalist in the People’s Book Prize Award. In 2018 she won the Ms Shakespeare competition in Yorkshire and was commissioned to write a monologue, which was performed at the Huddersfield Literature Festival on International Women’s Day. She was shortlisted in a competition run by the University of Huddersfield and her short story “You will be free one day, my dearest India” is included in the anthology Trouble, published by Grist. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 2008, a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2018, and has recently completed a PhD. 

Michael Stewart is a multi-award-winning writer of novels, including King Crow and Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff, short stories and non-fiction including the memoir Walking the Invisible. A playwright and poet, who has also written for TV and radio, he is Head of English at the University of Huddersfield, where he is editor-in-chief of Grist Books.

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request. 


Date: Saturday 20 April 

Time: 2pm-3pm 

Venue: Heritage Quay, Schwann Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH 

Tickets: Free (donations welcomed, booking recommended) 

Age guidance: 12+ (U16s should be accompanied by an adult) 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/heritage-quay  


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