Lipika Pelham

Lipika Pelham is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who spent her childhood in a dusty Bengali village in the 1970s. A Bengali-Indian-Bangladeshi with a Hindu-Muslim background, she has learned to speak Hebrew during her eight years in Jerusalem.

Her films have been screened in numerous festivals and TV channels around the world. “Deadly Honour”, a film on honour killing among the urbanised Bedouins living in Israel won her, among other awards, the prestigious CMCA Prix de Jury in Marseille, 2010. A second film, “Land for the Nomads”, about a soul-searching Israeli lawyer’s campaign to secure land for the Arab nomadic communities in the Judean desert, was premiered in Germany last year and has since been shown in ethnographic film festivals in Taiwan, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and the USA.

Lipika has travelled extensively in the Middle East. She previously reported for the BBC from the Indian Sub-Continent, South-East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. She has been South Asia editor for the BBC World Service, and reported for a range of BBC programmes from Outlook, Assignment and From Our Own Correspondent to Woman’s Hour. Lipika has, during the past twenty years, lived in Rabat, Amman and Jerusalem. She currently divides her time between London and Jerusalem.

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Cassoulet Confessions

Published by Hardie Grant on 15 September 2022, Hardback, £16.99  ‘Cassoulet Confessions’ is an enthralling memoir by award-winning food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar that reveals how a simple journalistic assignment sparked a culinary obsession and transcended into a quest for identity. Set in the stunning southern French countryside, this honest and poignant memoir conveys […]

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Nine Nasty Words

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

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