Festival Program


Behrouz Boochani: Live from Manus

Wed 29 Aug, 8.30pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani and translator Omid Tofighian talk to human rights advocate Arnold Zable about Boochani's new book No Friend but the Mountains, his creativity in the face of adversity, and those exiled on Manus Island.

Update to previously advertised information: this event is now at The Wheeler Centre.

This session contains content related to abuse, death and self-harm, mental illness, racism and homophobia.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Behrouz Boochani holds a masters degree in political geography and geopolitics. He is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, writer, filmmaker, founder of Weya magazine, and honorary member of PEN International. In 2013, he fled Iran and became a political prisoner of the Australian Government incarcerated in the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Omid Tofighian is Assistant Professor at American University in Cairo, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney, and campaign manager for Why Is My Curriculum White? in Australasia. He authored Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues and translated Behhouz Boochani's No Friend But The Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison.

Arnold Zable is a Melbourne writer, storyteller and novelist. His books include Jewels and Ashes, Café Scheherazade, The Fig Tree, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, Violin Lessons, and The Fighter. His awards include the Voltaire Prize for human rights advocacy, and the 2017 Australia Council Fellowship for Literature.

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