Coming soon for 2021-22

The BookTalk team are delighted to announce some of the titles we will be discussing in the next academic year. Events will remain online until at least February 2022.

21 October 2021, 7pm: The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby
Event in partnership with Cardiff Amnesty International. An author-led event with Emma Jane Kirby and Amnesty International’s Tom Davies.

November 2021 [date TBC]: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
Speakers: Yuliya Kazanova, Martyn Sampson, and Jon Wise

January 2022 [date TBC]: Like Any Other Woman by Jac Saorsa
An author-led event

In 2022, we are also planning events on the following texts:
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro  
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Full details of our first event below. Thank you as always for your support, and happy reading!

Cardiff BookTalk: The Optician of Lampedusa

The award-winning former BBC journalist Emma-Jane Kirby will be speaking in October at a joint Cardiff Amnesty International Human Rights Book Club / Cardiff University BookTalk event. In conversation with Tom Davies, Amnesty International Campaign Manager, Emma-Jane will be discussing her book The Optician of Lampedusa. 

The novel shines a spotlight on the ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, telling the true story of an ordinary Italian who rescued drowning migrants. The book vividly exposes the heart-breaking humanitarian tragedy that has been taking place on Europe’s doorstep and the lack of welcome Europe has given to some of the world’s most desperate and vulnerable people. 

During the years Emma-Jane Kirby worked as a BBC foreign correspondent, she made many reports from the frontline of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Her voice will be familiar to listeners of Radio 4’s news programmes The World at One and PM.

Please join us on Thursday 21 October at 7.00pm

Please book your place at this online event using the following link. Events are free and open to all.

Recordings of previous events can be found here:

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