dove tales past events

james kelman reads for the kurds

James Kelman joins Dove Tales and Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan in an evening of support for the Kurds at 7pm on Tuesday 3rd October at Rojava restaurant in Edinburgh.

Allan Cameron, author of Cinico, will also be reading.

This event is part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival.

on the night

The Kurds are the world's forgotten genocide. More than 40000 have been killed in Turkey alone by state forces. For many years it was a crime to even identify yourself as Kurdish there.

The Kurds are one of the world's largest ethnic groups not to have a country of their own. In September, Iraqi Kurds voted for independence from the Iraqi state. Tanks moved into the oil rich city of Kirkuk within days. 

Our event featured James Kelman, who has been unfailing in his support for the Kurdish people over many years, and Allan Cameron, whose publishing house, Vagabond Voices, has led the way in introducing translated work into Scotland.

The event was presented in partnership with Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan and was part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival.

Black and white images by Ray Evans

Huge thanks to Rojava restaurant for their warmth, hospitality - and fried halloumi!

Food brings people together on many different levels. It's nourishment of the soul and body; it's truly love.

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