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Join us for a conversation with Plestia Alaqad and Samah Sabawi on Wednesday 14 August. Alaqad will share her story with host Samah Sabawi, and close the evening with a poetry performance. PEN Melbourne Ambassador-at-Large, Sami Shah, will deliver an opening address.

July 10, 2024 IN WIP
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About the Event

Following 7 October 2023, 22-year-old Palestinian journalist Plestia Alaqad found herself reporting from a war zone in Gaza. Documenting her experiences first-hand on Instagram to over 4.5 million followers, Alaqad quickly became known worldwide for her fearless reporting. Her work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the BBC, the New York Times, and many other media outlets. She arrived in Australia in late 2023.

At this special event, Alaqad will share her story with host Samah Sabawi, and close the evening with a poetry performance. PEN Melbourne Ambassador-at-Large, Sami Shah, will deliver an opening address.

Presented in partnership with PEN Melbourne: promotes literature and defends freedom of expression.

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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International