A new collaboration: library of exile events with Edmund de Waal, British Museum and English PEN

Elif Shafak and library of exile installation

We’re delighted to announce our new collaboration with artist and writer Edmund de Waal and the British Museum. We’re hosting a fascinating series of panel discussions inspired by themes raised by the acclaimed installation library of exile, which opens on 12 March 2020.

Alongside the free exhibition, we’re hosting a rich series of events on the theme of exile, migration and loss.

Displaced memories: recollection and exile – cancelled

20 March, 18.30–20.00 
British Museum, London
 £12, £10 (British Museum members and concessions)

Join Edmund de Waal for a discussion on memory, loss and exile with award-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi, Chilean novelist Alia Trabucco Zerán, and British Palestinian fiction-writer Selma Dabbagh. Chaired by BBC journalist and broadcaster Ritula Shah

No frontiers: celebrating writing in translation – cancelled

17 April, 18.30–20.00 
British Museum, London
£12, £10 (British museum members and concessions)

Celebrate the role of translation in breaking down barriers with a panel chaired by Claire Armitstead of the Guardian, and featuring Syrian-born writer and translator Dima Wannous; Chinese-born British poet Ma Jian, author of Red Dust; and his translator Flora Drew

Future exiles: climate change and migration 

19 June, 18.30–20.00 
British Museum, London
£12, £10 (British Museum members and concessions)

For Refugee Week, explore the interconnected nature of climate change and migration, with Comorian writer and researcher Ali Zamir; environmental lawyer James Thornton;director of the International Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’Foscari University of Venice Professor Shaul Bassi; and indigenous Arctic writer, spoken word poet and curator Taqralik Partridge

Writing experiences of migration and exile 

7 September, 18.30–20.00 
British Museum, London

£12, £10 (British Museum members and concessions)

Explore how literature can represent the experience of migration and exile. Featuring Edmund de Waal; award-winning novelist Elif Shafak; British-Libyan writer Hisham Matar; Uzbek writer Hamid Ismailov; and broadcaster and writer Kavita Puri

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