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24 February 2017  -  24 February 2017

Readings from A Country Of Refuge

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“A first-class collection of essays and poems, stories and memoirs. Addictively readable, they are strong, angry, compassionate and enlightening.” Sue Gaisford

Waterstones, Piccadilly, 8.30pm

Lucy Popescu presents an eve of readings from A Country of Refuge, her critically acclaimed anthology of writings about asylum seekers, refugees and migration, with contributors Hassan Abdulrazzak, Amanda Craig, Stephen Kelman, Courttia Newland and Ruth Padel

Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. Hassan’s first play, Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre in 2007 to great acclaim.Hassan’s latest play, Love, Bombs and Apples, enjoyed two runs at the Arcola Theatre in 2015 and 2016.

Amanda Craig was born in South Africa in 1959, and brought up in Italy and Britain. She is the author of six interlinked novels about contemporary British societyHer seventh novel, The Lie of the Land, will be published on 15th June 2017.

Stephen Kelman’s first novel, Pigeon English, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011, as well as the Guardian First Book Award, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and a Galaxy National Book Award.

Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction. His latest, The Gospel According to Cane, has been optioned by Cowboy Films as a TV Serial. He is an associate lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London.

Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet and novelist. She teaches poetry at King’s College London. She has published ten poetry collections, a novel, and eight books of non-fiction including three on reading poetry.

This event is free but please reserve your place in advance by email: telephone 020 7851 2400 or in store.