Passage: New Writing on Displacement and Migration
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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For ages 16+
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- Standard entry£5*
* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.
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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.
A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.
The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.
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Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.
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