Freedom, in its myriad forms, will take centre stage at the 2013 Asia House Festival of Asian Literature gets underway today.
The Festival - now in its seventh year - will feature works from a distinguished list of writers, including Michael Palin, Michael Palin, Frances Harrison and Nadeem Aslam, the British Pakistani writer behind the acclaimed 2008 novel "The Wasted Vigil".
Monty Python star and globetrotter extraordinaire Palin will open the Festival with a discussion about his latest novel "The Truth", which is set in the environmental hotspots of India and his travels through Asia.
Among the other highlights is an evening featuring a debate about British Asian culture and its "cool factor" featuring BBC One's DJ Nihal, Bobbie Friction and Siddartha Bose.
This year's festival has also expanded its geographical reach to include literature and writers from Turkey and parts of the Middle East in addition to works from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Burma, china, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea and Malaysia.
Festival events will examine censorship, corruption, gender, economics, social issues and political freedoms.
The Asia House Literary Salon, a new addition for 2013, will introduce several debut authors while workshops will explore topics ranging from literature in Burma to how to become rich in Asia.
For tickets and the full programme of events, visit www.asiahouse.org.