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Mammad Aidani

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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 will discuss 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.

Featuring

Mammad Aidani

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 Australia and the... Read more

Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning comedian, writer, journalist and broadcaster. Sami’s comedy has won the Best Local Act at the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival, and Best Comedy at 2016 Fringe World. He’s performed multiple sold-out runs at comedy festivals across Australia, as well... Read more

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The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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