Behrouz Boochani: Writing From Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani: Writing From Manus Prison

Friday 29 November 2019, 7:00pm—8:30pm

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Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian detention centre on Manus Island, has been given permission to leave Papua New Guinea for the first time and to enter New Zealand for a special WORD Christchurch event.

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WORD Christchurch is proud to present a live event of international significance.

Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian detention centre on Manus Island, has been given permission to leave Papua New Guinea for the first time and to enter New Zealand for a special WORD Christchurch event.

Boochani’s book, No Friend but the Mountains, took the literary world by storm when it was published in 2018. Despite its author not being allowed to set foot on Australian soil, the book was awarded the country’s richest literary prize, the $125,000 Victorian Premier’s Award for literature. It has gone on to also win the NSW Premier’s Award, the Australian Book Industry Award for non-fiction, and the National Biography Award.

Over the past six years, Boochani has become a trusted voice for those detained by the Australian authorities’ clampdown on ‘boat people’.

This event, hosted by broadcaster John Campbell, is not to be missed.

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