Sunday 25 October 2015
36 Fraser Street, Clunes Victoria 3370
Sunday Selections Author Talk with Mark Issacs
A Free Event
2-3pm @ The Warehouse
The Syrian refugee situation has raised the profile of the discussion around how we as a community treat people who need help. This fundamental question is the biggest conversation happening in the world today: How do we, globally, nationally and individually, respond to the plight of refugees?
The problem with many of these conversations is that most opinions, articles and political promises lack either the historical perspective or the first-hand experience necessary for informed debate. Have we ever taken our fair share of refugees? Have our past responses been motivated by humanitarian concerns or economic self-interest? What’s it really like in a detention centre? Here’s a chance for you to get closer to understanding the reality by spending part of your Sunday afternoon with Mark Isaacs.
Mark Isaacs has a BA in Communications and a BA in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney. He became impassioned by the asylum seeker debate after a visit to Villawood Detention Centre while writing social justice articles for Oxfam. In October 2012, at 24, Mark was hired to work for the Salvation Army at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. He resigned after nine months.
In his book, The Undesirables, Mark Isaacs documents his experiences and observation working for the Salvation Army at the Nauru Regional Processing centre. In a time when government policy has actively tried to reduce the flow of information, Mark’s voice is vital in understanding the reality of “the Pacific Solution.”
Sarah Ferguson, from the ABC’s 7.30 Report, called it “a gobsmacking eyewitness account of the shambles and the shame that is Australia’s offshore processing policy.”
Creative Clunes and all the volunteers behind Booktown and the Sunday Selection Series invite you to come along and be a part of this conversation. Mark will be sharing his knowledge, insight, passion and experience, discussing his work and taking questions from the floor.
Check the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1490176921283185/
See you there,