Marmaduke Pickthall was an Islamic scholar, esteemed novelist, journalist and religious leader whose translation of the Qur’an in 1930 remains a milestone in bringing Islam’s holy text to an English audience. His admirers included D.H. Lawrence, H.G. Wells and E.M. Forster.
Yet his great, great niece Sarah Pickthall knew nothing of this until she discovered his books in her father’s library in the weeks following his death. So began a journey of research and creative enquiry back through her bloodlines to find out more about the man and his work, a journey that gradually expanded to explore far-reaching ideas of British Muslim identity and what it means to be a person out of step with the times.
Sarah was accompanied on this journey by Peter Clark, biographer of Marmaduke and self-confessed ‘Pickthall nerd’ and writer, artist and theatre practitioner Hassan Mahamdallie. They join her for this event to discuss Marmaduke, his legacy and the unique artistic expedition he inspired them to mount through their own lives.