Join us for a conversation about diaspora, homesickness, the divided self and trying to live within a culture which is not your own.
Carol Isaac‘s graphic memoir The Wolf of Baghdad is a moving story about her family’s lost Jewish homeland in Baghdad. Illuminated by family portraits and testimonies, it is also the personal story of Carol’s homesickness for a home she has never visited.
Carol is a musician touring with bands such as The Indigo Girls, and under the name ‘The Surreal McCoy,’ a well-known cartoonist published in the New Yorker, Spectator and Sunday Times. She lives in North London.
Elaine Chiew’s debut short story collection The Heartsick Diaspora is set in different cities around the world and explores the lives of the Chinese diaspora living there, torn between cultures and juggling divided selves. Acutely observed, wry and playful, these stories are as worldly and emotionally resonant as the characters themselves. “Full of verve and wit,” says Monica Ali.
Elaine is originally from Malaysia and currently lives in Singapore. She studied at Goldsmiths and has lived and worked in London.