Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, out January 15th 2015 with a launch event on January 27th at Asia House

Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of
London
, out Jan 15th 2015
I am delighted to trail ahead to the 15th January 2015 release of my fifth book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London (Seagull Books/Chicago University Press), a non-fiction work  about asylum, refuge and the power of testimony, based on my outreach work with asylum seekers and refugees. I will be launching Asylum and Exile on 27th January 2015 at Asia House alongside Maurice Wren, CEO of the Refugee Council, in an event chaired by historian, academic and critic Rachel Holmes. Please click here for details.

The book's based on my outreach work with asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented people and features their testimonies alongside my own account. More details can be found by clicking here and a full press release will be available on this site on 15th January 2015. The Amazon page for the book is here and pre-orders are open. Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London follows the publication, in 2012, of my previous book Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine.

I will be doing as much speaking and writing about this issue as I can, both nationally and internationally, in 2015 and 2016. Immigration, refuge, exile and asylum are such charged topics at the moment that I've beeen doing events long in advance of the book's publication. Details are as follows:

  • [10th July 2013, Art Exchange gallery, University of Essex campus. Giving a talk on my outreach work as part of the university's Migrations conference organised by Marina Warner. Details here.]
  • [Wednesday 19th November 2014, for Arcadia University's London programme, as part of their Talk of the Town series. Details here.]
  • Tuesday 27th January 2015, 6.45pm. I will be launching Asylum and Exile at Asia House alongside Maurice Wren, CEO of the Refugee Council, chaired by historian, academic and critic Rachel Holmes. Please click here for details.