Join Syrian refugee, Suad Aldarra, on 1 March, as she offers a captivating and refreshing portrayal of the Syrian migrant experience and a rarely-heard story of integration into Irish life, as part of Portsmouth City Council's Bookfest.

The event which costs just £4, runs from 7 to 8.30pm, is a Zoom call, so participants are encouraged to join from across the UK.

This unique event is set to be an inspirational talk about the journey from the war-torn streets of Syria to the emerald hills of Ireland. Aldarra will discuss the difficulty in building a new future, whilst never losing sight of how much her hometown means to her.

Aldarra’s talk is part of the most inclusive Bookfest yet. The annual event held in Portsmouth celebrates the power and significance of the spoken and written word. The event is running from Monday 13 February to Sunday 5 March. One week is dedicated to children and two weeks to adults. The programme offers an inclusive range of events that discuss politics, LGBT+ representation in literature, writing workshops, tours of Portsmouth and its influence on literature, panel talks, story times and much more.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Economic Development said: “The story of Suad Aldarra is exceptional. She is an inspiration and sadly, her story will be one that many people in Portsmouth will resonate with. Portsmouth is a city that welcomes refugees and asylum seekers, and I hope that this talk along with all the other support the council offers them, will be of comfort to them as they build their new lives.”

Portsmouth Central Library will consider hosting the event for those who do not have internet access. Please email to express interest.

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