Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Prize for Non-Fiction and the Victorian Prize for Literature, Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish–Iranian journalist and refugee who has been detained by our government on Manus Island since 2013. He speaks live from Manus about his powerful and expressive memoir, No Friend but the Mountains, which was laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from Farsi by Omid Tofighian. Speaking with journalist Richard Cooke, Omid and Behrouz talk about literature, creativity and the Manus Prison Theory.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

Behrouz Boochani (International)

Behrouz Boochani

Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Prize for Non-Fiction and the Victorian Prize for Literature, Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, writer and filmmaker, founder of the Kurdish language magazine Weya, and an Honorary Member of PEN International. In 2013 he fled Iran and became a political prisoner of the Australian Government and was incarcerated in the Manus Regional Processing Centre (Papua New Guinea). He holds a Masters degree in political geography and geopolitics.

Omid Tofighian (Australian)

Omid Tofighian

Translator Dr Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate based at the American University of Cairo and University of Sydney. His work combines philosophy with interests in rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with asylum seekers, refugees and young people from Western Sydney. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues. He has translated a number of articles for Behrouz Boochani for The Guardian.

Richard Cooke (Australian)

Richard Cooke

Richard Cooke is The Monthly’s US correspondent, and contributing editor to the magazine. His writing has appeared in the Best Australian Essays, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Sunday Times, Australian Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. He is also a writer for television and radio, and a former creative contributor to the Chaser team. In 2018 he was the Mumbrella Publish Award Columnist of the Year, and finalist in the Walkley-Pascall Award for arts criticism.