In conversation: Kamin Mohammadi and Katja Meier

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Address: Via Maggio 16, Florence

Date: Thursday 6 June 18:00 - 19:00


Crossing Borders and Boundaries - with more people on the move than ever before, Kamin Mohammed and Katja Meier talk about the great issue of times, migration, and nuances and differences between being an expat, an emigré, an immigrant 'and' refugee '. What do these different terms mean and how do they affect our lived experience?

Katja's book Across the Big Blue Sea: Good Intentions and Hard Lessons in an Italian Refugee Home 'tells the stories of migrant women from Nigeria, Syria and Switzerland whose paths cross in the most unexpected ways in a refugee shelter while Kamin's first book The Cypress Tree is a family memoir about the Iranian revolution, escape, exile and finally, return. Kamin's second book, Bella Figura, tells the story of an entirely different escape to Florence from London.

All welcome.

Kamin Mohammadi is a British-Iranian author, journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. Journalism has been nominated for an American Human Rights Journalism Award in the UK, and for the National Magazine Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors in the US.

Kamin has authored two books: BEAUTIFUL FIGURE: HOW TO LIVE, LOVE AND EAT THE ITALIAN WAY (published in 13 countries I know how to do in television series) which was the Guardian's Pick of Summer Read in 2018; and THE CYPRESS TREE: A LOVE LETTER TO IRAN published in Italy as A THOUSAND BUTTERFLIES IN THE SUN.

Born in Switzerland in 1972, Katja Meier earned a degree in performing arts and worked for a few years as an actress in the German-speaking countries. In her late twenties, she translated Shakespeare and Goethe for a backpack and never looked back.

Katja has been living in Tuscany since 1999 and was an olive picker, wedding planner and life coach before taking a refugee home in a small hilltop town. She writes about travel and migration and is currently working on the TV pilot for a bilingual sitcom about the rebirth of a Tuscan village bar.

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