SAWCC Presents: Author Bidisha on Asylum and Exile in conversation with Ruksana Yasmin
BBC broadcaster and human rights journalist Bidisha talks about her new book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, with award winning literary editor Ruksana Ahmed.
Asylum and Exile, Bidisha’s fifth book, is a result of her outreach work with refugees and asylum seekers since 2012. This chronicle goes behind the headlines, the stereotypes, and the scare stories to reveal the humanity, tragedy and bravery – and frequently the humour – of the individuals, now in London, who’ve left everything behind to seek sanctuary from violence.
About the presenters:
Bidisha is a British writer and BBC broadcaster specialising in human rights, international affairs, arts, and culture. She engages in outreach work in UK prisons and detention centres; and was a International Reporting Project 2013 Fellow, working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to raise awareness of global health and development issues. As of spring 2013 she is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation. Her previous book (2012) is the internationally acclaimed reportage Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine.
Rukhsana Yasmin started as a Diversity in Publishing Trainee in 2007 after publication of the In Full Colour report, highlighting the lack of diversity in publishing. She has worked as editor and commissioning editor at Profile Books, and at Saqi. Her authors include: China Mieville, Reza Aslan, Courttia Newland, Dr. Gene Sharp and Randa Abdel-Fattah. Rukhsana was awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing in 2012, and in 2014 was named a Bookseller Rising Star.
This event is open to women only.
SAWCC London (pronounced “saucy”) — the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective — are a creative network of women artists and appreciators with origins from, or a keen interest in South Asia and diaspora. SAWCC nurture independently-forged British South Asian female creative expression across disciplines. Featuring free ‘bi-monthlies’ (often women-only), and popular public events, SAWCC offer a platform for women to share, develop, and promote creative ideas and works. Founded in 2004, SAWCC London is a sister organisation of SAWCC New York, a vibrant respected arts organisation.