Three writers share their perspectives and experiences of the global refugee crisis that has displaced more than 60 million people. Kapka Kassabova’s Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe is an award–winning account of the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. James Maskalyk is an author, emergency physician and member of Médecins Sans Frontières. Francis Wade is an independent journalist focusing on Myanmar and South-East Asia. They join Claire Higgins, a senior research associate in international refugee law and author of Asylum by Boat.
James Maskalyk (International)
James Maskalyk is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Six Months in Sudan, and the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize-winning Life on the Ground Floor. He is an emergency-room physician, award-winning teacher and member of Médecins Sans Frontières and teaches meditation with the Consciousness Explorers Club. He currently divides his time between Toronto and Addis Ababa.
Francis Wade (International)
Francis Wade is an independent journalist and author based in London, focusing on Burma/Myanmar and Southeast Asia. Between 2009 and 2012 he headed the English language team at the award-winning Democratic Voice of Burma news organisation in northern Thailand, and has since produced reportage and commentary from across South and Southeast for international titles including The Guardian, Washington Post, Time, Foreign Policy, New York Review of Books and Foreign Affairs. In recent years he has focused on the mass violence and democratisation in Myanmar. Wade is the author of Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other'.
Kapka Kassabova (International)
Kapka Kassabova was born in Bulgaria, emigrated with her family to New Zealand in the 1990s, and since 2005 has lived in Scotland. Her book, Border is a portrait of one of Europe's most hidden regions and a psycho-geographic study of how borders shape human lives. It won the Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year, Saltire Book of the Year and has been shortlisted for the Baillie-Gifford Prize and the American National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her earlier books of narrative non-fiction are Street Without a Name, a coming-of-age memoir, and Twelve Minutes of Love, a journey through Argentine tango.
Historian Dr Claire Higgins is a Senior Research Associate at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, and the author of Asylum by Boat: origins of Australia’s refugee policy. Claire has also written for The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Forbes, and she is currently a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Claire holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, and was previously a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute.