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Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 20 January 2012
A customised coffin from Ghana in the shape of a lion, and another like a Mercedes, feature in an exhibition celebrating death.
The three-day festival at the Southbank Centre in London, from 27 January, will see medical experts, funeral directors and scientists give their accounts of death.
Artists, philosophers and writers will explore the issues behind it, from assisted suicide to the fate of the bodies of such figures as Jesus Christ and Muammar Gaddafi.
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