Refugee Week: Writers on Connecting through Storytelling
June 16 @ 6:30 pm - June 20 @ 8:00 pm
To mark Refugee Week, Renard Press authors Ann Morgan and Diane Samuels are joined by Rodaan Al Galidi and Haitham Hussein to talk about writing about migration, moving between cultures and how storytelling can connect us across political, social and physical divides.
About the speakers:
Ann Morgan is an author based in Folkestone, whose first book Reading the Worldgrew out of her quest to read a book from every country. Her latest novel, Crossing Over, tells the story of an encounter between a woman with dementia and someone recently arrived on a small boat across the Channel.
Diane Samuels has been writing professionally for over thirty years. Work includes award-winning play Kindertransport, produced in the West End, Off-Broadway and all over the world, and most recently Waltz With Me, published by Renard Press.
Rodaan Al Galidi is a writer based in the Netherlands since 1998. Born in Iraq and trained as a civil engineer, as an undocumented asylum seeker he did not have the right to attend language classes, so he taught himself to read and write Dutch. He is now a well-known poet and novelist in Dutch; The Leash and the Ball (trans. Jonathan Reeder) is his most recent novel that has been translated into English.
Haitham Hussein is a Syrian Kurdish novelist. He has published three novels, and works as a freelance journalist and literary critic for major Arab newspapers including Al-Arab, Al-Hayat, Assafir and Al Bayan. In 2015 he founded Alriwaya.net, a website focused on the Arabic novel. His most recent work, a narrative biography, is No One May Remain (trans Nicole Fares).