Writing in Exile: Mammad Aidani
Mammad Aidani left Iran soon after the 1979 February Revolution. He has never been able to return home and has been living in exile ever since.
Aidani is an acclaimed poet and playwright, as well as a distinguished academic. His research is concerned with Middle Eastern people, especially Iranians, who have experienced violence or torture and who have resettled in the West. ‘We all wait,’ he has written. ‘Yes, the oppressed men and women always fight and wait for that bright future on the horizon.’
In conversation with Sami Shah, Aidani discusses censorship, creativity and isolation. How does Australian life affect Aidani’s perspective of Iran? And how has early estrangement from his home affected his character, career and world view?
Presented in partnership with PEN Melbourne.
Mammad Aidani is a human rights advocate, acclaimed poet, playwright, theatre director, and distinguished psychosocial researcher investigating the violence, torture and trauma experienced by Iranians and Middle Eastern immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers who have resettled in the Australia and the West.
Comedian and writer Sami Shah has been profiled in the New York Times and ABC's Australian Story, and appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, TEDx, The Project and the Soho Theatre. He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and is co-presenter of 774 / ABC Breakfast Radio.