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17:30 - 20:30


Northumberland Libraries are delighted to be partnering with Forum Cinema Hexham Wide Skies Film programme and Hexham Book Festival as part of the Read Regional Programme 2017.


Gulwali is an Afghani who arrived in the UK as a political refugee aged 13. Like many refugees he has overcome the hardships of settling into a new life in Britain and now has written a fascinating book about his journey 'The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy's Journey of Escape to a New Life in Britain'


Gulwali is an enthralling speaker and is totally passionate about social justice. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.


Gulwali's talk will be preceded by a showing of the film He Named me Malala which charts the journey of another inspirational refugee and Nobel Prize winner; Malala Yousafzai, whose moving story is one of great courage and conviction in the importance of women's education in the face of opposition from the Taliban. 


The talk will take place in the Forum Cinema Cafe after the film screening. Tickets for the talk are just £3, including a glass of wine. To book your tickets, please contact, or speak to any member of staff at Hexham Library.

Tickets for both events (£8) or the film only (£5) are available from the Forum Cinema -


Guwali Passarlay 3 min