LKSC Reading Between the Lines – 2 October 2018

Leicester Kurdish Solidarity Campaign ‘Reading Between the Lines’, 2 October 2018 at Y Theatre, Leicester as part of Everybody’s Reading Festival:  Many thanks to Steve Sweeney Sarya Tunc, Gaylan NazhadHannah James and Grace Petrie for their contributions to the evening.

Steve Sweeney from ‘Morning Star’ and Gaylan Nazhad photographer of ‘101 Beads: Kurdistan in War’ spoke inspiringly about their own experiences of reporting in difficult circumstances. We also heard about the work of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Many thanks too to Hannah James and Grace Petrie who added to the theme with their own songs.

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Flyer for the event:
Speakers: Steve Sweeney,  Sarya Tunç, Rami Abdurrahman, Gaylan Nazhad and Benjamin Houghton. 

A look at how reporters who bring us news make sense of the information available, and how that impacts on their writing.

Steve Sweeney is the International Editor for the Morning Star and the only British journalist to attend and report on the trials of HDP former co-leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas. He has been arrested three times in Turkey (Cizre, Silopi and Ankara) and has been branded a terrorist for reporting on the political situation, particularly the Kurdish question. He spoke in Leicester about the situation for Kurds, and we have invited him back to discuss in general terms how journalists access relevant information and what they do with it

He will be accompanied by  Sarya Tunç female Kurdish journalist exiled from Turkey

Rami Abdurrahman is the Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – SOHR, who despite serious attempts to discredit him has maintained an organisation that is recognised internationally as a credible source of information about events in Syria. If he does not have to be elsewhere due to demands on his time, he has agreed to talk about the work of SOHR at our event

Gaylan Nazhad, photographer and Benjamin Houghton, ethnographic researcher who have put together a book of photographs of war: ‘101 Beads: Kurdistan in War’

Venue: Y Theatre, 7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY

Parking: there is a car park next to the Y Theatre; and free evening on-street parking; and £2 for the evening at the Railway Station car park at the back of the station in Fox Street (one way system in place).

Suitable for those aged 12 years and up due to sensitive content

The event is free, but donations are welcome towards the costs. Any money  left after expenses have been paid will be given to Heyva Sor

This event is presented by Leicester Kurdish Solidarity Campaign and has been supported by:

Contact Sheila Mosley,, tel: 07751888391