“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” The spiritual quest of the self lies at the heart of Jalal al-Din Rumi’s epic The Mathnavi.

Though he lived and wrote over 800 years ago, Rumi remains one of the most-read and influential voices today. His popularity continues to grow with each new generation of thinkers who look to his work for guidance and spiritual questioning.

We are delighted to welcome Katharine Branning, author of Ink of Light, to deliver our annual Rumi Lecture.

Branning’s biographical novel takes the form of a dialogue between a female 20th century scholar and Rumi, the great writer and thinker of the 13th century. Structured to mirror the ceremony performed by the iconic Whirling Dervishes, the book is in 12 parts, each introduced by a description of the steps of the sema dance.

Branning will discuss her relationship with Rumi’s work and why his poetry continues to speak to contemporary issues and audiences.

About The Author

Katharine Branning

Katharine Branning is the author of a collection of essays on Turkey, ‘Yes, I would love another glass of tea’ and a historical novel, Moon Queen, based on the Seljuk queen Mahperi Hatun. Her latest work, Ink of Light, is a biographical novel of Eva de Vitray, the translator of Mevlana.