European Writers on Borders and Identity

  • Wed 30 Sep 2020 at 7.00pm
  • Online

This evening we will explore how European writers deal with notions of border, identity and migration. The Scottish Sudanese-Egyptian writer, Leila Aboulela in her short story collection Elsewhere, Home, explores several immigrant’s stories and their constant search for a home and a sense of belonging as well as the loneliness, that their journey entails. Scottish writer Kapka Kassabova’s multi award-winning book Border is a journey in the Balkans on the borderland between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, in a search for an ancestral home through ancient, cold war and current times. The French-Mauritian writer Ananda Devi, with great sensitivity to the interconnection between identities and languages, also explores in her novels (including her latest one Mangerl l’autre issues of exclusion, otherness, deviance and suffering. They will be in conversation with the writer, publisher and broadcaster James Crawford, chairing the event.

The event will take place online. Register to attend HERE.

Organised by EUNIC London in partnership with Scotland House London and supported by the Institut français in the UK and the Scottish Government Paris office


Scotland House London is an unique collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise (including Scottish Development International), VisitScotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise; the four Partners. Scotland House plays a vital role in the development of international collaborations, and research partnerships for Scotland. For the last three years a key priority of Scotland House London has been developing a bespoke and comprehensive cultural events programme, to maximise the profile of Scottish culture to the range of London audiences.

EUNIC London (European Union National Institutes for Culture) is the network of the cultural institutes and embassies from the member states of the European Union in London.