Author Evening: ‘Sparks of Fire’ with Saida Sherif


Join us for an Author Evening with Saida Sherif where she’ll be discussing her memoir Sparks of Fire.


Saida Sherif has witnessed many turmoils of history and has braved many personal tragedies, which would have devastated any weak person. Born in Old Delhi in 1932, Saida became a legendary aid worker, most notably in Bosnia during the 1990s and gives us a glimpse of what she has endured in life – personally and professionally.

The Balkan crisis compelled Saida to rise above domesticity, and her heart went out to do whatever possible to help the Bosnian Muslims facing ethnic cleansing. Her personal encounters and portraits of the people she met are very moving and paint a dark picture of a horrendous tragedy. Amongst the tragedies of Bosnia there are also important lessons of human solidarity and an appreciation of the work of other individuals and institutions.

Sparks of Fire is not just a historical anecdote of various events and happenings; it also looks into the tumultuous life of a young mother with three children, who had to juggle many jobs and an indifferent husband to bring up her children in a foreign country

WHEN: Thursday, 3 September at 6.30pm

WHERE: IHRC Bookshop & Gallery, 202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA (Nearest tube: Preston Road / Metropolitan Line)

Watch the Author Evening live on IHRC.TV – tweet questions and comments to @IHRC