Orkideh Behrouzan who wrote the introduction to The Book of Tehran will chair a panel discussion at Bare Lit 2019 with writers from across media discussing the role of place in a story, be it as a backdrop or in the foreground. Featuring Hanna Ali, Sharlene Teo and Monisha Rajesh.
At the fourth edition of Bare Lit Festival hear authors read their stories, listen to poetry, debate hot topics and get involved in workshops with industry experts. Bare Lit brings together novelists, poets, journalists and playwrights of colour with readings and discussions, performances and networking opportunities. This year the Festival have introduced a children’s programme, taking place in the mornings to offer sessions for under 13s to explore literature and reading. You can expect: readings on the lives of women, opportunities to pitch work to publishers, poetry performances, a showcase of fantasy writing, discussion on how we write about the body, and much more!
Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician, poet, anthropologist and the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press). She was the 2015–16 Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the winner of the 2011 Kerr Award from the Middle Eastern Studies Association. Behrouzan’s short story ‘Binazeer’ was adapted for the stage by director Mehrdad Seyf and produced as part of the EAST15 World Performance in the UK. She helped to develop the collaborative project Beyond ‘Trauma’: Emergent Agendas for Understanding Mental Health in the Middle East, which involved an interdisciplinary Web-Hub (funded by SOAS Seed Corp Award) as well as a podcast series exploring narrations of memory in art, literature, and everyday life. She presented a TEDx talk on Rethinking Mental Health and the Afterlife of War in 2018, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the London Middle East Institute.