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IN CONVERSATION: The Legacy of War Foundation, with Sulaiman Addonia

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St Vincent's Chapel: Scottish Episcopal Church

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All tickets are by donation and profits will go entirely to the Legacy of War Foundation, of which Sulaiman Addonia is a Collective Member.

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This event takes place in St Vincent's Chapel

In association with the Legacy of War Foundation, we are joined by writer Sulaiman Addonia, author of Silence is my Mother Tongue, and photographer and activist Giles Duley, author of I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See. Giles is the founder of the Legacy of War Foundation, a charity dedicated to rebuilding communities affected by conflict, for which Sulaiman is a Collective Member. They will discuss their individual work in the context of the charity's work.

All ticket and booksales profits from this event will be donated to the Foundation. LoWF merchandise and information will also be available at the event.

About The Legacy of War Foundation

At Legacy of War we aim to empower communities and individuals in rebuilding their own lives after conflict. We do not see ourselves as a charity; rather a partner organisation that provides the tools, training, education and other support that enables people to shape their own futures.

As an organisation we are stand for equal rights, equal opportunities and aim to set an example with in the sector. We avoid the need for expensive offices or inflated wages. Our aim of to have 90% of funds raised go to beneficiaries.

Collaboration. Community. Conversation.

Read more about the Legacy of War Foundation here.

About Sulaiman Addonia

Sulaiman Addonia is a novelist who fled Eritrea as a refugee in childhood. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan following the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, and in his early teens he lived and studied in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He arrived in London as an underage unaccompanied refugee without a word of English and went on to earn an MA in Development Studies from SOAS and a BSc in Economics from UCL. The Consequences of Love was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was translated into more than 20 languages. Sulaiman Addonia currently lives in Brussels where he has launched a creative writing academy for refugees and asylum seekers. Silence is My Mother Tongue is his second novel.

About Silence is My Mother Tongue

In a time of war, what is the shape of love?

Saba arrives in an East African refugee camp as a young girl, devastated to have been wrenched from school and forced to abandon her books as her family flees to safety. In this unfamiliar, crowded and often hostile community, she must carve out a new existence. As she struggles to maintain her sense of self, she remains fiercely protective of her mute brother, Hagos – each sibling resisting the roles gender and society assign.

Through a cast of complex, beautifully-drawn characters, Sulaiman Addonia questions what it means to be a man, to be a woman, to be an individual when circumstance has forced the loss of all that makes a home or a future.

About Giles Duley

Giles Duley is a British photographer, writer and campaigner. After surviving the loss of three limbs while on a photo project during the Afghanistan war, Giles founded Legacy of War Foundation – a charity aimed at working with people affected by war to rebuild their lives, for the longer-term. He has dedicated the last ten years of his life to telling their stories; and now, through Legacy of War Foundation, he uses that knowledge and his own experience of being injured to try and shape a brighter future and appropriate support for those who’ve been injured by war.

About I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See

In October 2015, Giles Duley was commissioned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to document the refugee crisis. Over the next seven months, he was to criss-cross Europe and the Middle East attempting to put a human face to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time.

Duley visited fourteen countries to tell the stories of individuals and families forced to flee their homes. He chronicled the turmoil of Lebanon, the camps of Jordan and Iraq, hellish scenes on the beaches of Lesvos and the refugees' arrival in Germany.

Bringing together over 150 original photographs as well as texts by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack, this book captures how even in the midst of such horror and tragedy there is humour, the unexpected, and, above all, humanity.

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St Vincent's Chapel

For Golden Hare Books, St Vincent's Chapel is a home from home, just a short walk along from the bookshop and directly opposite St Stephens. A village church in the centre of Edinburgh, St Vincent's is friendly and a beautiful space for author talks, panels and spoken word.

During the Golden Hare Books Festival, St Vincent's will be home to some of our most exciting events, in this wheelchair-accessible venue. Book signings will take place here, and Smith and Gertrude will have a pop-up cafe/bar all day on Friday and Saturday.

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St Vincent's Chapel: Scottish Episcopal Church

Saint Vincent Street

Edinburgh

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United Kingdom

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