Kassem Eid’s memoir My Country tells of the oppression and brutal violence taking place in Syria while the world pays no heed. Nazanin Sahamizadeh’s play Manus follows eight Iranian refugees - including award-winning author Behrouz Boochani and the murdered Reza Barati – as they leave Iran in search of safety only to end up in the Australian camps of Manus Island, far from scrutiny. Kassem and Nazanin urgently remind us of ongoing, preventable suffering taking place across the world and in our backyard, ignored and out of sight.
Kassem Eid is a Syrian refugee, human rights activist, writer and author of the memoir My Country.
Nazanin Sahamizaeh is a theatre maker and activist from Iran and director and co-writer of the play Manus, featured in this year’s Adelaide Festival.
Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation. She is also a cultural commentator, co-editor of the China Story Yearbook at the Australian National University, and literary and film translator.