In Lights in the Distance
, Daniel draws from first hand experiences of refugees, highlighting that the search for asylum doesn't end with their entry into Europe. Drawing on years of experience, Daniel considers the tangled and often violent system designed to filter out unwanted migrants that has developed as the European Union has grown. Whilst the majority of us became aware of the crisis as it reached its peak in 2015, the roots go much deeper. Visiting camps and hostels, sneaking into detention centres and delving into his own family's history of displacement, Trilling weaves together the stories of people he met and followed from country to country. In doing so, he shows that the terms commonly used to define them refugee or economic migrant, legal or illegal, deserving or undeserving fall woefully short of capturing the complex realities.
This event will be chaired by Gary Younge. Gary is a Guardian columnist and feature writer based in the US. His books include Who Are We And Should it Matter in the 21st Century and No Place Like Home, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His most recent book, Another Day in the Death of America, is a searing account of the vulnerability of youth in contemporary America, and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Jhalak Prize amongst other prestigious awards. Please join us for what promises to be fantastic evening of discussion.