Southbank Centre is proud to present an exclusive UK appearance of Khaled Hosseini in conversation about his illustrated story Sea Prayer.
The author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed, Hosseini’s books have sold over 55 million copies worldwide. In 2006, he was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
Written in the form of a letter from a father as he watches over his sleeping son, Sea Prayer charts the dangerous voyage away from their war-torn homeland across the sea that lies before them.
It is also an account of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city’s swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone. Originally produced in collaboration with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency,Sea Prayerwas first released as a Guardian virtual film in September 2017.
In a rare London appearance, Hosseini, in conversation with journalist Razia Iqbal, reflects on what drew him to capture the experience of a family fleeing civil war in Syria and what fiction can do in dark times.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.