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    Passage: New Writing on Displacement and Migration

    Fri 24 Jun, 7.45pm
    Part of Refugee Week
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Talks & debates
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    Portrait of author Christy Lefteri against a plain grey background. She has her hair tied back with some loose curls at the front. and is wearing purple feathers as earrings.
    Kieran Coatman by Venture Studios

    Hear from fresh new writers and established authors as they discuss their work on the themes of displacement and migration.

    This event features a line-up of artists and writers at the forefront of driving social change through their storytelling.

    Chaired by Christy Lefteri. Brought up in London, Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. Her novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo, has sold well over a million copies worldwide, and won The Aspen Literary Prize and the Prix de l'Union Interalliée. Songbirds is her bestselling second novel.

    Helen Benedict, British American novelist and journalist, is best known for her writings on war and social injustice. Her new non-fiction book, Map of Hope and Sorrow, co-authored with Syrian writer, Eyad Awwadawnan, released in June 2022, tells the stories of today's refugees trapped in Greece.

    Ania Bas grew up in Poland and moved to the UK over 15 years ago to pursue her career in the arts. She has worked with the Tate, the Whitechapel Gallery, Eastside Projects and others as an artist and arts organiser. She graduated from the Faber Academy in 2018. Odd Hours, her first novel, offers a rare and timely look at the life of a young Polish-Irish woman living in London.

    This event is also in collaboration with Footnote. Launching in spring 2022, Footnote is a disruptive new publisher focusing on migration, identity and marginalised knowledge and experience.

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    Dates & times

    Fri 24 Jun, 7.45pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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