An Evening in Discussion with Zana Fraillon
Parents, students, ex-students and friends of Loreto are warmly invited to join us for an evening in discussion with Zana Fraillon, author of The Bone Sparrow- a beautiful, important and deeply moving novel about a young boy who has spent his entire life living in an Australian refugee camp.
DATE: THURSDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2016
VENUE: REFRESHMENTS IN THE GONZAGA BARRY UNDERCROFT, FOLLOWED BY THE PANEL DISCUSSION IN THE CURRAN THEATRE
Barbed Wire and Barricades: Peering Over the Fence Into the Truth of Children in Australian Detention
Pope Francis has declared this year the Holy Year of Mercy, as political tides turn and we are tempted to read and respond only to the media that amplifies our own sentiments, we must not forget about the call to mercy. This call asks us to look beyond politicised views, because to be merciful we must engage in the mess and chaos of seemingly intractable problems and respond with love and hope.
Looking beyond the 24 hour news cycle and politicians pontificating on points of law are stories, the stories of those who have risked their lives travelling across the seas in search of a new beginning. As a community we are gathering to listen to these stories in order to be reminded of all that we share rather than that which divides us.
Zana Fraillon is the author of The Bone Sparrow, a timely story of survival and bravery, one which reminds us all of the importance of freedom and hope, and the power of a story to speak for anyone who’s ever struggled to find a safe home.
Loreto Normanhurst has partnered with Chilout (Children out of Immigration Detention) and are fortunate enough to be joined by Gulnaz Beg who fled Afghanistan with her family in 2000 and travelled to Australia by boat. Gulnaz spend a brief period in the Curtain Detention Centre under the Howard Government and was then granted a temporary protection visa for 5 years. We will also be joined by Chilout’s Campaign Coordinator and legal expert, Niru Palanivel, who will be able to answer policy questions. The panel discussion promises to complement Zana’s poignant tale with equally powerful real life stories.
The author will be signing copies of her book beforehand and The Children’s Bookshop have been invited to sell copies should you wish to purchase one on the evening.
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