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Sally Hayden: Writing About Refugees

Sally Hayden: Writing About Refugees

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In her book My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route, the Irish journalist and writer Sally Hayden told the story of migrants today, and the routes they take from North Africa to Europe, in forensic perspective and gripping, eye-opening human detail.

How do we write about refugees and asylum-seekers without sentimentalising or misrepresenting their plight, while also doing justice to the politics of migration?

Sally Hayden is the author of My Fourth Time, We Drowned. Sally will be joined by Ann Morgan, author of the novel Crossing Over. Ann Morgan lives in Folkestone.

Click here for more about Sally Hayden and her writing


Folkestone Book Festival is our annual celebration of books, ideas, reading and writing in its many magical forms. This year's festival has been curated by Jen Thatcher and James Harkin. Curating the festival for the first time, Jen and James have been inspired by Folkestone and how we can all come together through inspired discussion about global ideas, global thinking and possible futures.


This year's festival is for everyone and we want to make it possible for more people than ever before to be able to come together and enjoy a packed festival. To make this possible we have introduced a £5 ticket. This is a no questions asked ticket for those that may be struggling to afford events and performances.


We would like to thank our Principal Sponsor Saga, our Education Partner Canterbury Christ Church University, Le Shuttle and our Travel Partner, Southeastern. Creative Folkestone is also supported by Arts Council England, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Kent County Council and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.


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