Cast away: stories of survival from Europe’s refugee crisis and the Calais camp: Greenwich Book festival
‘Why don’t you try and bring these people here safely? If you arrive, they say ‘welcome‘ if you die in the sea, they say, ‘Never mind. Why?’; Hanan al-Hasan, Syrian refugee.
Armies are shutting borders, 800 lives are lost in a single shipwreck, a boy’s body washes up on a beach: this is the European Union today. But how did a bloc founded upon the values of human rights reach this point?
Charlotte McDonald-Gibson has been a foreign correspondent for over 14 years, and now covers the EU for publications including Time magazine. In her book Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis (Portobello Books) she tells the story of the European migration crisis in the Mediterranean, through the stories of those caught up in the tumult.
Nigerian-German Olumide Popoola and Zimbabwean Annie Holmes discuss their experiences of visiting the Calais refugee camps – and the fiction book, Breach, which they co-wrote on their return, based on their interviews. Breach will be the first title in the Pereine Now! Series
Arifa Akbar, former literary editor of The Independent comperes.
Event, to be followed by a book signing, is held in the National Maritime Museum Lecture Theatre, as part of the Greenwich Book Festival.