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Pierre Jarawan at the Birmingham Literature Festival

October 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST

Writing in Exile: A Triangular Talk

With Pierre Jarawan, Azadeh Moaveni and Faïza Guène.

Presented in association with the Goethe-Institut London, Institut Français and Deutsch-Französische Kulturfonds, the Birmingham Literature Festival is delighted to bring together German writer Pierre Jarawan, British writer Azadeh Moaveni and French writer Faïza Guène to discuss their latest books.

Sharing very different stories and accounts of exile, politics, terrorism, war and disconnection, this latest event in the Triangular Talk series will explore the ways in which relationships, choices and free expression can transcend national borders, and what home looks like, irrespective of how far away you are.

Chaired by Malachi MacIntosh
Sponsored by Aston University

About the speakers:

Faïza Guène was born in France in 1985 to Algerian parents. She wrote her first novel, Just Like Tomorrow, when she was seventeen years old. It was a huge success in France (where the title was Kiffe Kiffe Demain), selling translation rights around the world. Just Like Tomorrow was shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2006 and longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007. Since then she has published four more novels, Dreams from the EndzBar BaltoMen Don’t Cry and Millennium BluesMen Don’t Cry will be published in English by Cassava Republic in 2020. Her books are translated from French by Sarah Ardizzone. She lives in Pantin, Seine-Saint-Denis, a suburb north of Paris.

Pierre Jarawan was born in 1985 to a Lebanese father and a German mother and moved to Germany with his family at the age of three. Inspired by his father’s love of telling imaginative bedtime stories, he started writing at the age of thirteen. He has won international prizes as a slam poet, received the City of Munich literary scholarship (the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis) for The Storyteller, and was chosen as Literature Star of the Year by the daily newspaper AZ.

Azadeh Moaveni is the author of Lipstick Jihad, and the co-author, with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. She has lived and reported throughout the Middle East, and speaks both Farsi and Arabic fluently. As one of the few American correspondents allowed to work continuously in Iran since 1999, she has reported widely on youth culture, women’s rights, and Islamic reform for TimeThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington PostNPR, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives with her husband and son in London.


October 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Birmingham Literature Festival


The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre Venue
4 Temple Row W
Birmingham, B2 5NY United Kingdom
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