You may know him as a journalist in The Guardian, documentary presenter on Radio 4, or a cultural commentator on Newsnight Review or Saturday Review. You may not know him at all. But here’s a chance to meet him in Hastings.

Blinded by the Light is a hotly-anticipated film based on Manzoor’s autobiography. It tells the story of a teenager of Pakistani descent growing up in 1980s England amid racial and economic turmoil, who draws solace and inspiration from the culturally unlikely source of Bruce Springsteen’s music and lyrics.

The film is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) and stars newcomer Viveik Kalra alongside Holby City and Goodness Gracious Me star Kulvinder Ghir, and Rob Brydon. It will be shown as part of Hastings LitFest on August 31 at Kino Teatr, St Leonards on Sea.

Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah earlier this year, Blinded by the Light received standing ovations and the biggest release deal of the festival. So where else should a further screening come to other than Hastings & St Leonards? Come along to see the film, hear the author talk, and ask questions.

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