Talking Ideas: No Friend But the Mountains with Behrouz Boochani

Date & time

Sun 4 August 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm (1 hr 15 min)


Free event
Booking required
Full $37
Conc $32
Groups 6+ $32

Full + No Friend But the Mountains $67.50
Conc + No Friend But the Mountains $62.50


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“Literature has the power to give us freedom” these are the word of Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, and filmmaker. He is currently incarcerated in the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre and before that was held for four years in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre. These words are from his acceptance speech for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for his book, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison.

Behrouz Boochani will be live streamed from Manus Island to join collaborator, translator, and community advocate Omid Tofighian on stage to discuss writing, power, freedom, humanity and Australian immigration policy.

No Friend But the Mountains won the Victorian Prize for Literature and Non-Fiction category at the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Behrouz also won the Special Award at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2019.

You can read more of Behrouz’s work translated by Omid in The Guardian (including his acceptance speech for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019) and The Saturday Paper.



The Library Shop will have No Friend But the Mountains available for purchase at the event, and you are invited to meet Omid Tofighian post-event to have your book signed.



Come early and enjoy hot snacks, live music, cold beer and wine at the Library Café Bar before the show.



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Charis Holt
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