The Litfest Big Read: A. M. Dassu

Friday 12th March 6:00pm

‘A story that everyone should read, written with empathy, tenderness and hope’ -Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy

This outstanding first novel chronicles the harrowing journey taken by Sami and his family from privilege to poverty, across countries and continents, from a comfortable life in Damascus, via a smuggler’s den in Turkey, to a prison in Manchester. A story of survival, of family, of bravery and sudden reversals of fortune. In a world where we are told to see refugees as the ‘other’, this story will remind readers that ‘they’ are also ‘us’.

‘Carefully researched, wholly convincing, it’s a gripping, uncompromising debut, super-charged with the power of empathy’ Guardian

A.M. Dassu is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She is deputy editor of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Words and Pictures magazine and a Director of Inclusive Minds, a unique organisation for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children’s literature. She is also one of The Literacy Trust’s ‘Connecting Stories campaign’ authors which aims to help inspire a love of reading and writing in children and young people. She has used her publishing advances for Boy, Everywhere to assist Syrian refugees and has set up a grant to support an unpublished refugee or immigrant writer.

This event is part of the Litfest Big Read 2021.  It might not be possible to meet in person during the festival but we are encouraging everyone to come together to read one of the two most highly praised and enjoyable books published last year and win a free pass to three Litfest events in the next 12 months and your choice of three paperback books.

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12 Mar 2021


6:00 pm

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