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Writing in Exile

In partnership with PEN Melbourne, we draw on the double vision of some incredible international writers, living and working in exile here in Melbourne – hosted by Sami Shah.

‘Exiles see double, feel double, are double,’ André Aciman has written. ‘When exiles see one place, they’re also seeing – or looking for – another behind it.’

For this series, in partnership with PEN Melbourne, we’ll draw on the double vision of some incredible international writers, living and working in exile here in Melbourne. What are the dangers, sorrows and consolations of writing about home, away from home? How can distance warp and focus a writer’s perspective? And what do Australians need to know about the freedoms denied to citizens of other countries? Hosted by Sami Shah – himself an exiled writer originally from Pakistan – we’ll hear from journalists, authors and poets.

Presented in partnership with PEN Melbourne.

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