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(Auto)Biography with Chitra Ramaswamy

Friday 22nd September, 2-3pm BST
Main Hall King's Pavilion, King's College Campus University of Aberdeen  

Is the best biography one that acknowledges the writer’s own life in the process? Author and journalist Chitra Ramaswamy talks about her friendship with Holocaust survivor Henry Wuga and the extraordinary memoir Homelands which grew from it.

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Author and journalist Chitra Ramaswamy discusses her latest book, Homelands: The History of a Friendship, an award-winning work of creative non-fiction exploring her friendship with 99-year-old German Jewish refugee Henry Wuga. Homelands is a book about migration, anti-Semitism, racism, family, belonging, grief, resilience, and friendship. It's about the past and the present, and the ways in which we carry our pasts into our futures. Homelands won the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year and was included in The Guardian's top memoirs and biographies of 2022. Chitra Ramaswamy is the author of Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy(which won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award), has contributed essays to Antlers of Water, Nasty Women, The Freedom Papers, The Bible, and Message From The Skies, writes for The Guardian, is a restaurant critic for The Times Scotland, and broadcasts for BBC radio. She hails from London and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, two children and rescue dog.

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