A Night In with
Join prize-winning author of The Ungrateful Refugee Dina Nayeri, to celebrate the publication of her new book Who Gets Believed?
'I knew this from the beginning, when I was inside the lorry, thinking about truth. If you are a good storyteller you will be trusted, get a life, and escape from hell. But what do you need to do to be trusted, if telling the truth is not enough?'
Aso is one of many powerful voices in Dina Nayeri's wide-ranging, groundbreaking new book, which combines deep reportage with her own life experience to examine what constitutes believability. Intent on exploring ideas of persuasion and performance, Nayeri combines reportage and memoir, taking us behind the scenes in court rooms, emergency rooms, corporate boardrooms, classrooms, asylum interviews and into her own family, to ask - where lies the difference between being believed and being dismissed?
If telling a story in the right way, and being believed, is the result of privilege, of being an insider, what does this mean for those outside the system? What does this mean for our culture? As personal as it is profound in its reflections on language, history, morality and compassion, Who Gets Believed? investigates the unspoken social codes that determine how we relate to one another.
In conversation for this very special virtual event, Dina will delve into the testimonies that were most affecting, while interrogating the truth of who is heard in our society and who is not. Be sure not to miss it.