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Amnesty International events at the Edinburgh Book Festival

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The human rights organisation’s programme includes the Imprisoned Writers series, which starts on Saturday

Every day at 5.30pm between 11 and 26 August, Imprisoned Writers will see leading writers reading from the works of authors who have been threatened, imprisoned, or killed, because of what they had written. This year will feature readings of the works of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. These readings are free.

There will be two Amnesty Lectures. The first, on 12 August, will be by Peter Popham, author of The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi. The second, on 18 August, will be by Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif (pictured), whose memoir, Cairo: My City, Our Revolution, charted last year’s uprising.

On 21 August, Amnesty will host Using Fiction to Teach Human Rights, a discussion on how fiction and picture books can be used in a classroom context to educate children about social justice.

Website: www.amnesty.org.uk/edfest

 

 

 

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