Borders and Walls
A Book Week Scotland Event.
4.30- 6.00 and 7.30-9.00
The issue of Borders couldn’t be more topical - Brexit and its many implications, Trump's wall, Scotland’s quest for self-government, refugees crossing borders to escape famine, global warming, war or repressive regimes - borders between poems and their translations, borders both physical and emotional and how they make us differentiate between 'us' and 'them' in our daily lives.
Poet and translator George Szirtes’ family fled Hungary in 1956, survivors of concentration and labour camps after the Budapest uprising and arrived in England at the age of eight speaking no English. Transnational poet and academic Professor Bashabi Fraser witnessed the Post Partition struggle of her parents and grandparents after they were displaced by a mindless border ' they had neither desired or drawn’. Join them for a wide ranging discussion and readings on this current and important theme.