Are we having the correct conversation about drugs in Britain? Is it a series of conversations that need to be tailored to geographical areas, with particular communities? In Bradford, is the drugs trade linked to particular communities, and is policing it a cultural minefield?

Author of acclaimed Asian gangster novel The Khan, Saima Mir, hosts a panel to explore whether current methods of policing Bradford’s drugs and criminal networks require a rethink, and better understanding of who and what is involved. Joining Saima will be fellow Bradford author A.A. Dhand, the author of a series of crime novels set in Bradford, featuring the work of fictional Bradford-based police detective Harry Virdee; Steve Snow, a former detective chief inspector and advisor to Amit on his books; and Dr Mohamed Qasim, visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and the author of Young, Muslim and Criminal.

About The Authors

Saima Mir

SAIMA MIR is a British Pakistani journalist who grew up in Bradford, where she started her career as a local reporter. She has written for The Times, Guardian and Independent. Her essay for It’s Not About the Burqa (Picador) appeared in the Guardian and received over250,000 hits online in two days. She has also contributed to the anthology The Best, MostAwful Job: Twenty Mothers Talk Honestly About Motherhood. THE KHAN is her debut novel. Saima lives in London.

A.A. Dhand

A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels. The Blood Divide is his first standalone thriller.


Stephen Snow

Steve joined the West Yorkshire police in 1985 and was a Senior Investigating Officer and career detective for over 30 years. He has been commended 16 times by High Court Judges and Chief Constables for outstanding criminal investigations and bravery. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Denis Hoban Trophy for outstanding detective work.

About The Academic

Mohammed Qasim

Dr Mohammed Qasim is a researcher at Leeds Beckett University.  He was awarded his PhD in Criminology from Swansea University. Dr Qasim has spoken about his research in various forums including  Radio 4 and is a guest lecturer at a number of universities.