Explore the 2024 Program

The Presence of the Past

Two powerful new novels exploring war, displacement and finding refuge

Shankari Chandran
Yumna Kassab (photo credit Tiger Webb)
Saturday 25 May 2024
Event Code: 110

As conflict plays out across an unnamed region, the protagonist in Parramatta Laureate of Literature Yumna Kassab’s Politica imagines how she will later narrate her experiences: “We hadn’t spoken for years but then the war broke out...”

Sharing difficult stories is also at the heart of Miles Franklin Award winner Shankari Chandran’s Safe Haven, which follows a refugee threatened with deportation when she speaks out for other detainees. Sit down with Yumna and Shankari as they discuss their poignant and timely novels, which ask how, if possible, we can measure the cost of war and what lengths we will go to in the search for safety. With host Ashley Hay.

Carriageworks, Track 8
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015