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The State of Home

Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson. Chaired by Susan McKay


Date: Thursday March 26th
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 7pm
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult


Ramallah in reflection: Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation is Raja Shehadeh’s absorbing account of a day-long walk through Ramallah, his Palestinian home, on the anniversary of its occupation. As he walks, he considers the changes that he has seen in the city of his birth and his memories of people and place. Joining Raja will be Penny Johnson who has recently published Companions in Conflict, animals
in occupied territory
described as a humorous and beautiful creature
in its own right; a ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ for adults. Intriguing! Join us for a conversation between Raja and Penny chaired by acclaimed writer and broadcaster, Susan McKay.

Raja Shehadeh is a writer and a lawyer who founded the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. Shehadeh is the author of several books on international law, human rights and the Middle including Occupiers Law and From Occupation to Interim Accords. His literary books include Strangers in the House, When the Bulbul Stopped Singing, Occupation Diaries, A Rift in Time, Travels with my Ottoman Uncle, Language of War, Language of Peace, Where the Line is Drawn, Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine and Palestinian Walks which won the 2008 Orwell Prize, Britain's pre-eminent award for political writing. He has co-edited, with Penny Johnson, Seeking Palestine, New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home, and Shifting Sands, The Unraveling of the Old Order in the Middle East. His latest book is Going Home, A Walk through fifty years of Occupation. He has written for the New York Times, The Guardian, the New Yorker, Granta, New York Review of Books and The Nation.

Penny Johnson is an associate editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly (Institute of Palestine Studies). She began working at Birzeit University in 1982 for the University’s human rights committee and was a founding member of the University’s Institute of Women’s Studies, writing on Palestinian women, family and social relations in Palestinian society. With Raja Shehadeh, she edited and contributed to Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home (2013) which won the 2013 Palestine Book Award and Shifting Sands: The Unraveling of the Old Order in the Middle East (2015), which was launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where she recently appeared to discuss Companions in Conflict.



L: Penny Johnston. R: Raja Shehadeh