Nasrin Parvaz and Lucy Popescu

A discussion on one of the defining issues of our time – the experiences of refugees, asylum seekers and migration. Nasrin Parvaz, a women’s and civil rights activist in post-revolutionary Tehran who was arrested, tortured and sentenced to death in 1982, talks with Lucy Popescu, a writer and critic with a background in human rights and former Director of English PEN Writers in Prison Committee. Host: Janice Lowe, founding member of Faversham & Villages Refugee Solidarity Group.

Nasrin Parvaz's memoir One Woman's Struggle: A Prison Memoir (2018) is an account of what happened to her during her eight years' imprisonment. Also published in 2018, 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 a woman to her husband. He must decide what is more important: the woman's tragic story or the personal danger he may face for revealing it.

Lucy Popescu's A Country to Call Home and A Country of Refuge are anthologies focusing on the experiences of refugees, one aimed at children, the other at adults – each containing original stories, poems, memoir and essays from writers including Sebastian Barry, William Boyd, Al Kennedy, Hanif Kureishi, Rose Tremain, Marina Lewycka, Amanda Craig and Ruth Padel.

Saturday 23 February, Assembly Rooms, 12.30–1.30pm. £5 Book tickets here