Events- On Refuge

On Refuge
on Friday 28 September 2018
6.30pm £8.00/£6.00 includes wine

Lucy Popescu, editor of A Country to Call Home, presents an evening of readings and discussion on the subject of refuge with
Kim Sherwood, Daniel Trilling, Ellen Wiles and Meike Ziervogel

Lucy Popescu is a writer and editor with a background in human rights. She is a former director of English PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee and co-edited the PEN anthology Another Sky. She is also the author of The Good Tourist, about human rights and ethical travel, and edited the anthologies A Country to Call Home and A Country of Refuge about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. She is a volunteer mentor with Write to Life, Freedom from Torture’s refugee writing group.

Kim Sherwood’s stories and articles have appeared in various journals, including Mslexia, Lighthouse, and Going Down Swinging. Kim began writing her debut novel, Testament, after her grandfather, the actor George Baker, passed away. At the same time, Kim's grandmother began to talk about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor. Their experiences were the inspiration for a story that grew as Kim undertook research into the events of the Holocaust in Hungary, and as extremism rose again across Europe.

Daniel Trilling is the editor of New Humanist magazine and has reported extensively on refugees in Europe. His work has been published in the London Review of Books, The Guardian and the New York Times and won a 2017 Migration Media Award. His first book, Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right, was longlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize. Lights in the Distance, researched over five years, is a compelling collection of stories about the people he has encountered as they travel towards Europe in search of safety or a better life.

Ellen Wiles is a novelist, literary anthropologist and live literature curator. Ellen’s debut novel, The Invisible Crowd, is about an asylum seeker’s experiences in the UK, serendipitous encounters and the power of kindness. It was inspired by a case Ellen worked on as a barrister, and her voluntary work with refugees.

Meike Ziervogel is an author of four novels. Her debut novel Magda was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker prize and nominated as a book of the year 2013 by the Irish Times, Observer and Guardian readers. She is also a successful publisher. Her Peirene Now confronts topical political subjects. She will be talking about and reading from Shatila Stories, a collaborative novel, written by nine refugee writers from the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut.

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