A Voice from Manus Island: An Evening with Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian

Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Dunedin Public Libraries
03 474 3690 03 474 3690
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Join us for an evening with Kurdish-Iranian writer, filmmaker, and refugee Behrouz Boochani, who is currently incarcerated by the Australian government in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (Papua New Guinea). Boochani is author of No Friend but the Mountains: Writings from Manus Prison, which won the 2019 Victorian Prize of Literature at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) General Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Behrouz will join us via video link from Manus Island for the event. We will be joined in person by Omid Tofighian, translator of No Friend but the Mountains, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo and Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.


Boochani and Tofighian will be in conversation with Neil Vallelly (Centre for Global Migrations, University of Otago). They will discuss the book, Australian and other border regimes, and the impact of anti-migrant politics in our era.

Four Dunedin poets will also present poetry on themes of displacement: Lynley Edmeades, Fiona Farrell, Rhian Gallagher, and Emma Neale.


This event is presented in association with English Language Partners, UNESCO City of Literature, Dunedin Public Libraries, and the Centre for Global Migrations and the Programme of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago.

Booking essential: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz

Sunday, 23rd June, 6 pm

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, City Library




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Dunedin Public Libraries

Phone: 03 474 3690 03 474 3690

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