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

The fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast, recorded in September 2018, took a closer look at migration, civil war, and the power of stories and poetry to take us beyond the headlines.

In this edition the Southbank Centre’s Head of Literature and Spoken Word, Ted Hodgkinson, spoke with the Nick Makoha 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 summer 2018 appearance at the Southbank Centre where he discussed his 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, five 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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