Southbank Centre's Book Podcast: Literature and the refugee crisis

The fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast takes a closer look at migration, civil war, and the power of stories and poetry to take us beyond the headlines.

In this edition Southbank Centre’s Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word, Ted Hodgkinson speaks with the Nick Makola about politics, family, and the poet’s own experience of fleeing Uganda as a child.

Literature and the refugee crisis featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makoha by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast


We also hear extracts from Khaled Hosseini’s recent appearance at Southbank Centre where he discussed his latest novel Sea Prayer, which is written in the form of a letter from a father as he watches over his sleeping son and charts the dangerous voyage away from their war-torn homeland across the sea that lies before them. The novel was inspired by the images of three-year-old Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was washed up on a Turkish beach, three years ago.

I connect with that man running from his country and not knowing he has to leave, with tears in his eyes, while he holds his mother's hand
Nick Makola, poet, on being forced to flea your homeland


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