Asylum and Exile
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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Artist: Bidisha

The result of Bidisha’s outreach work with refugees and asylum seekers since 2012, Asylum and Exile goes behind the stereotypes and scare stories to reveal the humanity, tragedy and bravery – and frequently the humour – of the individuals who’ve left everything behind to seek sanctuary from violence.

"I see books like Asylum and Exile as evidence of a deep-seated refusal to tolerate the divisive politics that extend right across the political divide. Well done for speaking up and bearing witness. We must never stop telling the stories of those we consign to the margins."
          Maurice Wren, Chief Executive, The Refugee Council

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Bidisha began writing for publications at 14 and signed her first book deal at 16. She is now a Booker Prize Foundation trustee and Guardian journalist with two published novels, the travelogue Venetian Masters (2008) and the internationally acclaimed reportage Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine (2012). Asylum and Exile is her fifth book. 

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