Rita Payne

Rita Payne

Rita Payne is a journalist, moderator and media consultant. She is President Emeritus, Commonwealth Journalists Association and serves as an adviser for Asian Affairs magazine and The Democracy Forum. Payne writes for a range of publications covering politics, the media, culture, travel and tourism. She worked for nearly 30 years at the BBC until 2008. Her last position at the was Asia Editor, BBC World News. Before moving to television, Payne was a news editor, producer and presenter at BBC World Service radio. She was nominated for the BBC Global Reith Awards 2009 and Asian Woman of Achievement Awards.


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A two-day taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’
09 & 10 June
A packed programme of talks and performances animate four venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas. Speakers confirmed so far include William Dalrymple, Meghnad Desai, Paulo Lemos Horta, Suki Kim, Ashis Ray, Suhel Seth, Preti Taneja and Shashi Tharoor.
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