12 Apr No Place Like Home
Sunday 11th June: 14.00
Kapka Kassabova + Jan Rüger in conversation with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Join us for a soul-searching journey to the edgelands. Kapka Kassabova’s brilliant book Border, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, takes us to the Eastern reaches of Europe, to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, a region of three alphabets, and reveals for us the human consequences of nationalism and totalitarianism, of the outcome of a narrow focus on identity and ethniticy, of the result of fences and walls.
Jan Rüger takes us to the Northern edge of the continent, to the North Sea and the tiny island of Heligoland, once Britain’s smallest colony, an inconvenient and notoriously discontented outpost at the edge of Europe that has become a microcosm of the Anglo-German relationship.
Together they will discuss the places that exist on contested national, cultural and ethnic boundaries.
They will be in conversation with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro whose book Island People travels around the Caribbean, another realm of contested borders, an archipelago of languages, religions, ethnicities, geography and history.
Venue: The Upstairs Theatre, Bedford