George Szirtes and Bashabi Fraser

Borders and Walls

A Book Week Scotland Event.

November 23rd
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. 


Session 1

Saturday November 23rd. 4.30 - 6.00

Readings and introduction by poet and academic Professor Bashabi Fraser 

with readings from the floor.

Supper: Choose your favourite restaurant in Gatehouse of Fleet and come back for....

Session 2

Saturday November 23rd 7.30 - 9.00

Readings by poet George Szirtes followed by drinks, nibbles and a discussion led by George and Bashabi.


Tickets: £8.00 for both sessions or £5.00 per session.

To book: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel (or text) 07981 803027 or 01557 814175