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March 4 @ 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Non-fiction
  • Place Weekend

A Country of Refuge

Lucy Popescu, A L Kennedy


Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester, CO1 1JH
£5 (27yrs and under)

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(01206) 713700

A Country of Refuge is a poignant collection of new writings on asylum seekers that explores what it means to leave homes and families behind to seek a safe haven on these shores. Writer, activist and editor Lucy Popescu will be joined by contributor A L Kennedy.

Compiled and edited by human rights activist and writer Lucy Popescu, A County of Refuge is a powerful collection of short fiction, memoir, poetry and essays explores what it really means to be a refugee: to flee from conflict, poverty and terror; to have to leave your home and family behind; and to undertake a perilous journey, only to arrive on less than welcoming shores.

These writings are a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The contributors articulate simple truths about migration that will challenge the way we think about and act towards the dispossessed and those forced to seek a safe place to call home.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March.




A powerful, and frequently harrowing, collection … I read it with fascination Penelope Lively

A beautiful insight into the painful individuality of the refugee Jon Snow

Full of powerful writing. Many of the best contributions come from writers who are refugees, or second-generation refugees, themselves … Again and again, these writers argue for empathy. Samantha Ellis, TLS

A first-class collection of essays and poems, stories and memoirs. Addictively readable, they are strong, angry, compassionate and enlightening. Sue Gaisford, The Tablet

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