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Mohsin Hamid on leaving home

Kirsty Wark discusses migration and expanding borders with novelist Mohsin Hamid, lawyer Carol Bohmer, theatre director Robert Hastie and former Portuguese minister Bruno Macaes.

With millions of people on the move around the world, the novelist Mohsin Hamid has set his latest novel against the backdrop of the refugee crisis. He tells Kirsty Wark how he imagined those fleeing home passing through mysterious black doors into other parts of the world. The lawyer and sociologist Carol Bohmer examines the culture of suspicion which greets migrants when they arrive. She looks at how officials judge the line between truth and deception, and increasingly label people as liars, criminals or terrorists. While many countries are looking to fortify their borders, the former Portuguese Europe Minister Bruno Maçães believes we need to think on a super-continental scale. He travelled overland from the edges of Europe to the heart of Asia arguing for a new world order. But the theatre director Robert Hastie is more interested in what connects people to the land and their origins, as he revives Peter Gill's play The York Realist - a reflection on the rival forces of place, class and longing.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamis is an author.

Exit West is published by Hamish Hamilton.

Carol Bohmer

Carol Bohmer is a Visiting Scholar in the Government Department at Dartmouth College, and a Teaching Fellow at King’s College, London.

Political Asylum Deceptions: The Culture of Suspicion, co-authored with Amy Shuman is published by Palgrave Macmillan

Bruno Maçães

Bruno Maçães was the Portuguese Europe Minister from 2013-2015.

The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order is published by Allen Lane.

Robert Hastie

Robert Hastie is Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse and the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. 

The York Realist directed by Robert Hastie runs at the Donmar Warehouse from 8th February – 24th March; and at the Sheffield Crucible from 27th March – 7th April.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Wark
Interviewed Guest Mohsin Hamid
Interviewed Guest Carol Bohmer
Interviewed Guest Robert Hastie
Interviewed Guest Bruno Macaes
Producer Katy Hickman