Gulwali Passarlay author of ‘The Lightless Sky’

My journey to safety as a child refugee.

City Library, Saturday 22nd April 2pm. Free.Gulwali Passarlay book

A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of survival – of a twelve-year-old boy’s traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West – a book that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. I am that boy. The book is based on my life. Gulwalli Passarlay

Gulwali Passarlay arrived in the UK at the age 13 as a political refugee. Like many refugees, he has overcome the hardships of settling into a new life in Britain. Whilst at Manchester University studying Politics, he was involved with the equality and diversity committee, the student forum and was one of the student governors representing over 1600 students. Gulwali is also involved with numerous other organisations involved in youth representation and participation and in 2012 he was selected to carry the Olympic Torch. He has campaigned for many social-justice issues and continues to make a positive difference in the community and has been a change-maker in society. He has appeared on national media, including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 News, and has given a TEDx talk.

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