10 March 16: Life in a Refugee Camp, with Ben Rawlence, Olumide Popoola & Annie Holmes

Join us to discuss the past, present and future of refugee camps. With an unprecedented refugee crisis in Europe, and the continued displacement of peoples on other continents, there has hardly been a more important time to reflect on the status of these precarious communities.

10% of all profits will be donated to CalAid, which is an organisation providing support and donations to refugees stranded in Calais.

Ben Rawlence is a traveller and writer. For four years Ben lived in Dadaab – the world’s biggest refugee camp, located in Northern Kenya.To the charity workers, Dadaab is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a ‘nursery for terrorists’; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. In his time there Ben grew to know many of those who call it home. In City of Thorns, he interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp, and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped.

Olumide Popoola is a writer, lecturer, poet and performer. Her work includes a novella – This Is Not About Sadness – and a play – Also By Mail. In the last year Olumide has made a number of visits to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais. Unlike Dadaab, which is administered by the UN, the Jungle is a settlement established by the people who live there, most of whom are trying to reach the UK. Olumide’s experiences will be recorded in a new book published by Peirene Press later this year. Breach will tell the story of the crisis through the voices of refugees stuck in Calais. It documents an illusion disrupted: ‘that of a neatly ordered world, with those deserving safety and comfort separated from those who need to be kept out’.

Annie Holmes is the co-writer of Breach. Originally from Zimbabwe, she is a distinguished filmmaker, writer and lecturer. She has worked extensively on tackling the structural causes of HIV at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

How should the international community organise refuge? What are the root causes of current displacements? What are the long-term prospects for refugee camps and the people who live in them? What can the UK do to help?

Join us to examine these vital questions and more.

The event will be chaired by Christina Lamb, who is an extremely distinguished writer and journalist. She is currently Foreign Correspondent at The Times, but has published a number of books, the most recent of which was the excellent Farewell Kabul.

Tickets are £6 and are fully redeemable against a purchase of City of Thorns.

TO BOOK: Buy tickets online, via email at hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk, via phone on 020 8670 1920, or come and see us at the shop on Croxted Road.

19.00pm Doors Open
19.30pm Event Begins
19.45pm Q & A
20.15pm Book Signing
21.30pm Event Ends

This event is taking place at The Bedford in Balham. Getting to Balham is easy, find out how here: http://www.thebedfor…dus-ByTube.aspx