Behrouz Boochani: in conversation with Bruno Lettieri


Behrouz Boochani’s book, No Friend But The Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison won the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature in addition to the Nonfiction category. He has also won the Special Award at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Australian Book Industry Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the National Biography Prize. He has been appointed adjunct associate professor in the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of NSW and visiting professor at Birkbeck Law School at the University of London.

The event will take place on Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday 8 September.

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About Behrouz Boohani

Associate Professor Behrouz Boochani graduated from Tarbiat Moallem University and Tarbiat Modares University, both in Tehran; he holds a Masters degree in political science, political geography and geopolitics.

He is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker. Boochani was a writer for the Kurdish language magazine Werya; is Associate Professor in Social Sciences at UNSW; non-resident Visiting Scholar at the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), University of Sydney; Honorary Member of PEN International; and winner of an Amnesty International Australia 2017 Media Award, the Diaspora Symposium Social Justice Award, the Liberty Victoria 2018 Empty Chair Award, and the Anna Politkovskaya award for journalism.

He publishes regularly with The Guardian, and his writing also features in The Saturday Paper, Huffington Post, New Matilda, The Financial Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Boochani is also co-director (with Arash Kamali Sarvestani) of the 2017 feature-length film Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time; and collaborator on Nazanin Sahamizadeh's play Manus.

He recently had his refugee status formally recognised by New Zealand, and granted a visa to live there.

About Bruno Lettieri

Bruno Lettieri founded the interview series Rotunda in the West while at Victoria University and interviewed Helen Garner, Arnold Zable, Michael Leunig and many more. He taught at Victoria University for many years and particularly loved teaching at the Sunbury campus where he taught Return to Study programs and Creative Writing, and began the first incarnation of Rotunda in the West series of conversations. He now freelances at festivals and libraries as Bruno Goes Everywhere.


  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020 | 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM