We Are All Citizens

We Are All Citizens

We’ve been bringing people together in communities in Edinburgh, across Muirhouse, Liberton and Wester Hailes, to interrogate the word ‘Citizen’. We’ve asked people young and old what it means to them, what it inspires and how they think the idea of being a citizen relates to local communities, to the country and the wider world. This strand takes inspiration from those community discussions. Explore and express your own ideas around being a citizen in Citizen events, including a free drop in session on 20 August, and hear from authors in conversations about the culture of food, everyday activism, housing schemes, refugees, belonging and home.

Dina Nayeri & Nick Thorpe

Seeking Justice and a Home

Thursday 22 August 12:15 - 13:15

Iran-born writer Dina Nayeri arrived in the US at the age of ten and in The Ungrateful Refugee she compares her journey as an asylum seeker to those battling for status today. Journalist Nick Thorpe bore witness to the millions who fled the Middle East...

Goenawan Mohamad

Literary Freedom Fighter

Saturday 24 August 18:30 - 19:30

Goenawan Mohamad is a legend in Indonesia. A poet, essayist, playwright and editor, his decades of work amount to an incredible body of fiction and non-fiction. A champion of creative independence and journalistic freedom, he was among the writers and...

Kerry Hudson & Sarah Smarsh

Working Class Lives

Sunday 25 August 13:30 - 14:30

Two writers revisit their experiences of working class life in Britain and the US. In Lowborn, prize-winning Scottish writer Kerry Hudson returns to the poverty-stricken towns of her youth to discover what being poor means today, while Heartland by...

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