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Lamisse Hamouda | Lana Tatour

In 2018 Egyptian-Australian writer Lamisse Hamouda had moved to Egypt to study when her life was turned upside down. Her father Hazem, on his way to visit her, was arrested by authorities, accused of sympathising with a terrorist organisation, and sent to prison without charge or evidence for 433 days.

In an intimate evening of conversation with UNSW Middle East expert Lana Tatour, delve into Lamisse’s new book The Shape of Dust, and her experience fighting against the Egyptian prison system as an Australian citizen. Together they’ll unpack what support the Australian Government provides dual citizens abroad (surprisingly minimal), what cultural identity means for individuals stuck between two cultural worlds, and how trauma can fragment memory and bring unexpected challenges to the writing process.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas. 

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6 September 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm AEST
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UNSW Sydney


Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab, UNSW Kensington
UNSW Sydney, High St, Kensington
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
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