BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: New Generation Thinker Islam Issa from Birmingham City University

When Shakespeare Travelled with Me

The Barbour Room

To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Reflecting on his travels and encounters around the Arab world, Islam Issa discusses how canonical English writers (Shakespeare and Milton) creep into the popular culture of the region today. Islam’s book, Milton in the Arab-Muslim World, won the Milton Society of America’s ‘Outstanding First Book’ award. His exhibition Stories of Sacrifice won the Muslim News Awards ‘Excellence in Community Relations’ prize.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select ten academics each year who can turn their research into radio.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Monday 5 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Monday 19 February.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

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