Behrouz Boochani: ‘No Friend But the Mountains’
- Date: Thursday, 5 December, 2019
6:30 to 7:30pm
Sorry this event is sold out.
Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium (lower ground floor), Corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
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A lyrical first-hand account
It was a discussion between Lloyd Jones and WORD’s programme director Rachael King that led to the idea of inviting Behrouz Boochani to New Zealand for a WORD Christchurch event.
His arrival on 14 November sparked an international media storm, and his Christchurch event sold out 1200 seats in just four days. His 29 November event was live-streamed across New Zealand and Australia.
Boochani’s book, ‘No Friend but the Mountains’, laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from Farsi, is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyrical first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.
Watch the recording of the WORD Christchurch event
Writing ‘No Friend But the Mountains’
While interest has been high in Boochani’s political activism, the reason he is in the country is because of a book.
So, to bring literature back to the centre of the conversation, WORD Christchurch and Verb Wellington have joined together to present a very special event in Wellington with Boochani and novelist Lloyd Jones, whose latest book, ‘The Cage’, is a parable inspired by the plight of refugees worldwide.
Boochani and Jones will discuss the craft of writing the book and the extraordinary story of the Australian literary community that rallied around him to secure his freedom.
Verb Wellington wish to thank the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, and The Park Hotel for their support of this event.