While I was writing More to the Story, I spent quite a bit of time thinking and writing about the meaning of home. It is a simple word for most of us. We have images of family and friends, a place where we make memories: hold family gatherings and celebrations, love laugh eat and sleep. It’s not just the physical structure, but the emotional security that it gives us.
But what if you don’t get to choose your home and where you go? If your safety, security, family, traditions and culture are torn apart and you are forced to flee from it in fear for your life?
Many of the refugees I have interviewed tell me the same thing and it has stayed with me: “When you are refugee then your home is whatever you carry around inside you to begin again”.
The theme of this year’s Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival is HOME and I know there will be many wonderful discussions. Everything gets underway on Friday June 3 at 9:15am and runs over the long weekend.
I’ll be in four sessions at the festival as an author, interviewer and panel leader. These are:
- Searching for a Home – talking to Will Yeoman about More to the Story – Conversations with Refugees.
- Home Truths – with Liz Byrski discussing her latest book In Love and War: Nursing Heroes.
- Working from Home – with Natasha Lester talking about her themes of home, children, loss and so much more.
- Home Thoughts – the closing event where I join Hannie Rayson, Kirsty Mackenzie and Jane Monk to discuss the influence their homes have on their careers and creativity.
You can download the full program to get all the details here. I hope to see you there.