Join us for an evening of literary discussion about identity, home and family with Christy Lefteri, author of the major new novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo and Ayisha Malik, author of Sophia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land.
THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO
Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.
Afra has lost her sight, and so they embark on a perilous journey towards an uncertain future in Britain. As they travel, Nuri is sustaine by the knowledge that waiting for them is his beekeeper cousin Mustafa, who is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.
Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.
Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens.
THIS GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND
For years Bilal Hasham and his wife Mariam have lived contented, quiet lives in the sleepy rural village of Babbel's End. Now all that is about to change.
On her deathbed, Bilal's mother reaches for his hand. Instead of whispering her final prayers, she gives him a task: build a mosque in his country village.
Soon Bilal is forced to choose between community and identity, between faith and friendship, between honouring his beloved mother's last wish and preserving what is held dear in the place that he calls home.
Ayisha Malik is a writer and editor, living in South London. Her novels Sofi a Khan is Not Obliged and The Other Half of Happiness, starring 'the Muslim Bridget Jones', were met with great critical acclaim. Ayisha is also the ghost writer for The Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain.
Tickets for this event are £3, and must be booked online.
The ticket price can be redeemed against one copy of either author's new book bought at the event.