‘Don’t Touch the Dervish’
7 February 2018
Where: Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1 [nearest tube Hyde Park Corner]
1.15pm start, with lecture finishing by 2.30pm. The sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked by Monday 5 February due to change of caterers.
Tickets: Members and their guests only
Following in the footsteps of his grandmother, Isambard Wilkinson set off on a series of travels across Pakistan to discover what was left of its folkloric, mystic soul as it came under attack from militant Islam and to find out the ‘essence’ of a country convulsed by Islamist violence. What of the old, mystical Pakistan had survived and what was being destroyed?
Born in 1971, Isambard Wilkinson has travelled in Pakistan since leaving school. A former foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and the Economist based in Pakistan and Spain, he has also worked on assignment in other countries including Algeria, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. He has lived for periods in France, Spain, Hong Kong and Hungary, and his travels abroad have been interrupted twice by kidney failure, enabling him to take time off to recuperate with his grandmother in the Irish countryside, which is home.