Saturday April 21st
BIG LIT: Change of programme:
Due to a family crisis Iyad Hayatleh has had to return to the Lebanon so can’t be with us. We are grateful to author Robin Yassin-Kassab for stepping into the breach at very short notice.
Peace charity Dove Tales, that uses art to oppose the arms trade and militarism, launches its first anthology A Kind of Stupidity featuring readings from local writers. This will be followed by a discussion between Robin Yassin-Kassab and award winning journalist Jean Rafferty about his non-fiction book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War co-written with Leila al-Shami. It was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2017. With chapters focusing on ISIS and Islamism, regional geopolitics, the new grassroots revolutionary organisations, and the worst refugee crisis since World War Two, Burning Country is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a modern-day political and humanitarian nightmare. Questions from the floor should stimulate lively and no doubt controversial debate.
11.30 – 12.30 The Mill on The Fleet A free event