Nasrin Parvaz

A women’s and civil rights activist in post-revolutionary Tehran, Nasrin Parvaz was arrested, tortured and sentenced to death in 1982. Her sentence was commuted to ten years imprisonment and she was released in 1990. The Secret Letters from X to A is a compelling historical novel telling the story of a young man who finds secret letters hidden in the walls of an Islamic prison from Xavar to her husband. He must decide what is more important: Xavar’s tragic story inside the prison or the personal danger he may face for revealing it.

Nasrin will be in conversation with Lucy Popescu, a writer and critic with a background in human rights and former Director of English PEN Writers in Prison Committee. Lucy is editor of A Country to Call Home, an anthology focusing on the experiences of young refugees.