Writing to Combat Conflict and Corruption

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Artists and activists share their experiences of conflict, from Ukraine to the Middle East, in a panel chaired by writer and film-maker Juliet Jacques.

The panel also features historian and writer Dr Olesya Khromeychuk; author and investigative reporter Tom Burgis; and the former mayor of Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, Zarifa Ghafari.

Considering the origins and repercussions of these wars, panellists share their methods and motivations in telling their stories, as well as the realities of creating art in close proximity to conflict.

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk has taught the history of East-Central Europe at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of East Anglia and King’s College London, and written for the New York Review of Books, Der Spiegel, Los Angeles Review of Books, openDemocracy and Metro.

Khromeychuk is the author of The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister, ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians and Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division. She is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London.

Tom Burgis is a bestselling author and award-winning investigative reporter. He has exposed corruption scandals, covered terrorist attacks, coups, neo-Nazis and forgotten conflicts, and traced dirty money around the world. His latest book is Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World.

At the age of 24, Zarifa Ghafari became mayor of Maidan Shahr, the capital city of the Wardak Province, Afghanistan; before that she had launched and operated a women-focused radio station. During her tenure, violent threats were made against her to dissuade her from taking up her role, including six attempts made on her life, and her father murdered in retribution.

After overseeing 70,000 families during the fall of Kabul, she escaped from the Taliban in August 2021 to seek refuge in Germany. Ghafari was included by the BBC as one of ‘100 inspiring and influential women from around the world’ in 2019, received the International Woman of Courage Award from the US State Department in 2020 and the Oxi Day Foundation Award for Courage in 2021. She is now setting up a foundation for women in Afghanistan.

Juliet Jacques is the author of Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study, Trans: A Memoir, Variations and Front Lines: Trans Journalism 2007–2021. Her landmark column on gender reassignment entitled ‘A Transgender Journey’ (2010–12) appeared in The Guardian, and she has written for publications including London Review of Books, Granta, Sight & Sound, Frieze, Art Review and New York Times.

Jacques was included on The Independent on Sunday Pink List of influential LGBTQI+ people in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Presented in partnership with English PEN

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Sat 22 Oct 2022, 3pm

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