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Spotlight on Colombia

Thursday May 2, 2019
18:30 - 20:00
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Presented by PEN Perth for World Press Freedom Day.

Colombia is a country in South America that has had a complicated colonial history and a troubled recent past. Join us to hear local Colombian intellectual and PEN Perth committee member Karen Escobar comment on the current situation in Colombia by weaving personal anecdote with political commentary, social history, and cultural observation. This commentary will be followed by readings in English and Spanish of important literary works from Colombian writers including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Yohir Akerman, Angye Goana, Maruja Vieira, and Javier Osuna, and then a question and answer session. 

‘Spotlight on Colombia’ is part of PEN Perth’s ’Spotlight’ series where we focus on the contemporary plight of writers, artists and journalists in countries experiencing hardship and how that might effect responsible freedom of expression, media censorship, and political interference. Please join us and help continue our work for press freedom. 


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Karen Escobar

Karen Escobar migrated to Australia when she was nine, and has lived in Indonesia and Chile since, becoming an Australian citizen in 2012. She finished high school in 2015 and is currently doing a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (Major Journalism) at the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, Karen aspires to practice law with a public service focus. As part of her journalism degree she has profiled politicians during the 2016 races, written stories on up-and-coming artists in the Fremantle area, and become involved with the Centre for Stories.

Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
The Centre is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth Busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Wheelchair access is provided. The Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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