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Shelter from the Storm: Stories of Refugee Life

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Host: Alex Clarke
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Speaker: Alex Clarke, Jeremy Hardy, Stephen Mangan, Ruth Padel, JJ Bola, Linda Grant, Lucy Popescu, Amanda Craig, Jason Donald, Ahmad Al-Rashid, Izzat Shamroukh, Aloysius Ssali, playwright Clare Summerskill, Danny Kelly and Philippe Auclair.

Please join Alex Clarke (artistic director of the Bath Festival and contributor to The Guardian, The Observer, the Vintage podcast and fills in for Mariella Frostrup on BBC 4's Open Book) and many other fascinating writers and broadcasters for a night of stories centred on the experience of refugees and migrants from a wealth of regions and conflict zones both past and present.


You will hear from those directly affected by displacement, flight and homelessness, and from celebrated writers, performers and activists.
The minute someone tells you a story, everything changes. And at a time when the barriers between people are threatening our common humanity, we need stories more than ever: true accounts and inspired fiction from those whose lives have been shaped by events beyond their control.

Compered by Jeremy Hardy, the evening features actor Stephen Mangan reading the work of the late AA Gill, poets Ruth Padel and JJ Bola, Booker-nominated novelist Linda Grant, refugee anthologist Lucy Popescu, novelists Amanda Craig and Jason Donald, Ahmad Al-Rashid, Izzat Shamroukh, activist Aloysius Ssali, playwright Clare Summerskill, literary critic Alex Clark and broadcasters Danny Kelly and Philippe Auclair waxing lyrical about footballers Zinedine Zidane, Raymond Kopa and Michel Platini.


All proceeds from ticket sales and other donations will go to Refugee Action and other refugee charities.
Our gratitude to Genesis Housing, who are sponsoring the event

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