Friday 28th September 2018
18:30 at Waterstones, London - Gower Street
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 Zeirvogel, (Gower St). Each writer will bring their own perspective on one of the most pressing issues of our time.
About the authors
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.
Kim Sherwood began 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. Lights in the Distance is a compelling collection of stories about people he has encountered travelling 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.
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! series 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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