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Behrouz Boochani to speak in Wellington, with Lloyd Jones


News from Verb Wellington
Verb Wellington and Word Christchurch, in association with Amnesty International, have joined together to present Behrouz Boochani and Lloyd Jones in conversation in Wellington on 5 December.

It was a discussion between Lloyd Jones and WORD’s programme director Rachael King that led to the idea of inviting Behrouz Boochani to New Zealand for a WORD Christchurch event. His arrival on 14 November sparked an international media storm, and his Christchurch event sold out 1200 seats in four days. His 29 November event was live streamed across New Zealand and Australia.

Boochani’s book, No Friend but the Mountains, laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from Farsi, is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyrical first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

While interest has been high in Boochani’s political activism, the reason he is in the country is because of a book. So, to bring literature back to the centre of the conversation, WORD Christchurch and Verb Wellington have joined together to present a very special event in Wellington with Boochani and novelist Lloyd Jones, whose latest book, The Cage, is a parable inspired by the plight of refugees worldwide.

Boochani and Jones will discuss the craft of writing the book and the extraordinary story of the Australian literary community that rallied around him to secure his freedom.

With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand | Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, and The Park Hotel for their support of this event.

Thu 5th Dec 2019, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
National Library Wellington
70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington


1 comment:

  1. Maximilien Robespierre, 1. December 2019, 12:59

    I hope it’s a program that directs people inward, as Boochani obviously has traveled the hero’s journey. One where he had to become the witness. People need to look for inner peace so as to end all the conflicts and wars that cause displacement and refugees.