Steven Heighton: In Conversation with Josh Lambier

December 3, 2020 at 7:00pm

The Words Festival is pleased to present author and poet Steven Heighton, who will be joining us to talk about his new book, Reaching Mithymna: Among the Volunteers and Refugees on Lesvos.

Our host for the evening will be Words Artistic Director Joshua Lambier.

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3 December 2020, 7 PM


In the fall of 2015, Steven Heighton made an overnight decision to travel to the frontlines of the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece and enlist as a volunteer. He arrived on the isle of Lesvos with a duffel bag and a dubious grasp of Greek, his mother’s native tongue, and worked on the landing beaches and in OXY—a jerrybuilt, ad hoc transit camp providing simple meals, dry clothes, and a brief rest to refugees after their crossing from Turkey. In a town deserted by the tourists that had been its lifeblood, Heighton—alongside the exhausted locals and under-equipped international aid workers—found himself thrown into emergency roles for which he was woefully unqualified.

From the brief reprieves of volunteer-refugee soccer matches to the riots of Camp Moria, Reaching Mithymna is a firsthand account of the crisis and an engaged exploration of the borders that divide us and the ties that bind.

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Authors & Presenters

Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet.

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