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Edinburgh's alternative book festival of ideas

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2019 Programme

All our events are free + unticketed


Lighthouse events start at 1.00pm and last for 30 minutes

Golden Hare events start at 6.30pm and last for one hour

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Silence is My Mother Tongue

  • LIGHTHOUSE - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop 43-45 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9DB United Kingdom (map)

with author Sulaiman Addonia

Sulaiman Addonia asks: in a time of war, what is the shape of love? Forced to flee for safety with her family, young Saba is taken from her school and books. She must now make an existence for herself alongside her deaf brother Hagos. Both now struggle to maintain their identities and resist the gender roles assigned to them by society.

Through a cast of complex, beautifully-drawn characters, Addonia questions what it means to be a man, to be a woman, to be an individual when circumstance has forced the loss of all that makes a home or a future.


Featured Book

Silence is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia (Indigo, 2019)