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How does the Experience of Emigration Affect a Writer’s Work?

Lila Azam Zanganeh on the creativity that comes from having multiple identities and why she writes in English, a language she describes as elastic and flexible.

Lila Azam Zanganeh was born in Paris to Iranian parents who fled the country during the Revolution. She talks about the creativity that comes from having ‘multiple identities’, and why she writes in English; a language she describes as elastic and flexible, and which allows her to explore her many selves.

The EU wants to stop the migrants and asylum seekers who gather in Libya and pay huge sums to traffickers to cross in leaky boats to Europe. Now photo journalist Narciso Contreras has discovered that the real horror is how many are being enslaved and used almost as currency by the militias who run the country. Libya: A Human Marketplace tells their story.

The Canadian writer, Paul E. Hardisty, writes thrillers, but he’s also an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. His work often takes him to countries that are experiencing conflict and he frequently draws on these experiences for his novels. He argues that fiction allows him to tell the truth about the devastating effects of civil war.

When 19-year-old US photographer Myles Loftin typed the words “four black teenagers” into a search engine he was concerned that the majority of the pictures he saw were of grim faced boys wearing sweatshirts with the hood up. So he started his project Hooded, which shows young black people in brightly coloured hoodies, smiling broadly at the camera.

Presenter: Tina Daheley

(Photo: Lila Azam Zanganeh. Credit: Marcelo Correa 2017)

This content has been re-edited for accuracy (22.05.17)

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