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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Christy Lefteri in conversation with Sorcha Pollak


Date: Saturday March 28th
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 1:30pm
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult


Christy Lefteri’s The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a UNICEF-supported refugee centre in Athens. This unforgettable novel puts a human face on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of Nuri, a beekeeper, his wife Afra an artist, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognisable and all they love is destroyed by war. Escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain.

“Courageous and provocative, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a beautifully-crafted novel of international significance that has the capacity
to have us open our eyes and see.”

Heather Morris, author
of The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Christy Lefteri was born in London in 1980 to Greek Cypriot parents who moved to London in 1974 during the Turkish invasion. She completed a degree in English and a Masters in creative writing at Brunel University. She taught English to foreign students and then became a secondary school teacher before leaving to pursue a PhD and to write. She is also studying to become a psychotherapist.

Sorcha Pollak is an Irish Times reporter with a particular interest in news concerning immigrant communities living in Ireland.



Christy Lefteri