WoWFest: Citizens of Nowhere
Citizens of Nowhere
Venue: Bluecoat, School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BX
Time: 7pm (Doors at 6.30pm)
Tickets: £8/£5 (Students/Over 60’s/Unemployed)
How can refugees and migrants be heard in such a hostile environment? What happens after you are displaced? What does it mean to truly belong? Does the story of a refugee finish when asylum is won? Award winning authors Jennifer Makumbi and Dina Nayeri discuss migration and refuge providing insights into resettlement, identity and community.
Dina Nayeri is the author of The Ungrateful Refugee, one of the most widely shared 2017 Long Reads in The Guardian. Winner of the 2018 UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts literature grant (2015), O. Henry Prize (2015), Best American Short Stories (2018), and fellowships from the McDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, and Yaddo. Her stories and essays have been published by The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Granta New Voices, Wall Street Journal, and many others. Her debut novel,A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea (2013) was translated into 14 languages. Her second novel, Refuge (2017) was a New York Times Editors Choice. She holds a BA from Princeton, an MBA from Harvard, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu (Oneworld, 2018), won the 2013 and was longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize. She was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story Manchester Happened, and her first full story collection by the same name will be published by Oneworld in 2019. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018 to support her writing. She lives in Manchester with her husband and son, and lectures in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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