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Refuge: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Shankari Chandran

Two prize-winning authors on narrating refugees' epic stories

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Shankari Chandran
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The life stories of refugees have all the narrative tropes of myth, replete with world-shattering conflicts, perilous voyages, and courageous heroes who sometimes get to live happily ever after.

Hosted by refugee law expert and advocate Daniel Ghezelbash, this free event brings together Pulitzer Prize for Fiction–winner Viet Thanh Nguyen (A Man With Two Faces) and Miles Franklin–winner Shankari Chandran (Safe Haven), whose latest books draw on first-person accounts of seeking asylum and illuminate the realities of this all-too-common experience.

Go beyond the media reports, with these dramatic tales of escape and its aftermath.


Viet Thanh Nguyen appears thanks to the support of Fiona and Matthew Playfair. 

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Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington
John Niland Scientia Building, G19 Library Rd, Kensington, NSW, 2052