Title:  Words and Experiences: “The Ungrateful Refugee” Q&A with Dina Nayeri.   
Chaired by Professor Giorgia Dona, Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London.

Date: Thursday, 20th June 2019 (World Refugee Day).
Time:  1pm – 2pm, followed by Book Signing.
Location: Room EB.G.10, University of East London, Docklands Campus.

Booking via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/words-and-experiences-the-ungrateful-refugee-qa-with-dina-nayeri-tickets-61632075196

Organised by the Refugee Council Archive at UEL in conjunction with the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB).


A timely, provocative and agenda-setting examination of the refugee experience, from writer and childhood refugee Dina Nayeri

How can refugees and migrants be heard in such a hostile environment? To celebrate World Refugee Day 2019, we are honoured to host Q&A and Book Signing event with the established author Dina Nayeri who will be discussing her just published book entitled, “The Ungrateful Refugee” published by Canon Gate on 30th May 2019.

For Refugee Week 2019 we are pleased to be able to host Dina Nayeri to talk about her new book The Ungrateful Refugee.  This is Dina’s first book of non-fiction where Dina explores both her own story of leaving Iran and becoming a refugee as an eight-year-old child before being granted asylum in the United States.  Dina’s previous works including Refuge and A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea have both achieved awards and her new book explores real stories from her own experience and from those of other asylum seekers about what it means to be made to leave your home and cross borders hoping for a new start.

“The Ungrateful Refugee offers a new, complete narrative of resettlement, and recalibrates the conversation around the refugee experience. But above all here are the real human stories of what it is like to be forced to flee your home, to journey in hope of a better, safer life, and, for the lucky few, the struggle to start afresh in a new culture.”

This event will be chaired by Professor Giorgia Dona, Co-Director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging here at UEL and has been co-organised by Paul Dudman and the Refugee Council Archive.  UEL has been a centre for engagement on refugee and migration issues for over twenty years with successful postgraduate programmes in Refugee Studies and Conflict, Migration and Human Security. We also hold one of the largest archival collections on refugee and migration issues.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited and booking is essential to guarantee your place.

Dina will be available after the Q&A session to sign copies of her book “The Ungrateful Refugee.”

Further details of the book can also be found on the Canon Gate website, for details see https://canongate.co.uk/books/2490-the-ungrateful-refugee/

For Refugee Week, we will also be hosting and exhibition in the Refugee Archive room in the Docklands Campus Library showcasing materials from out archival collections, including materials from the Voices of Kosovo in Manchester oral history project and the Gujarati Yatra oral history project.