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17 Jun 2009 00:00 - 00:00

DepARTures: Eva Jiricna and Gillian Slovo

Hear well known names, including architect Eva Jiricna and writer Gillian Slovo, discuss how being a refugee has influenced their work in a discussion chaired by journalist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Eva Jiricna

Eva Jiricna, the founder of Eva Jiricna Architects, is a Czech born architect who has been based in London for over 30 years. Prior to establishing her own practice, Jiricna worked with the Greater London Council, the Louis de Soissons Partnership and the Richard Rogers Partnership. With Jan Kaplicky and his practiceFuture Systems, she designed the Way In store at Harrods, an award winning scheme that influenced a generation of retail interiors, and which enabled her to start her own practice. Over the last decade, Jiricna’s contribution to architecture and design has been recognised with personal awards, including beingmade a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), a CBE (Commander of the British Empire), election as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, and Hon Fellow A.I.A. (American Institute of Architects).

Gillian Slovo 

Novelist Gillian Slovo was born in South Africa, but has lived for most of her adult life in England. She is the author of eleven novels and an internationally best-selling family memoir   Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country (1997).  Her earlier novels include a crime series featuring female detective Kate Baeier.  Her   novel Red Dust (2000),  the story of the chain of events set off by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission's  arrival  in a small desert town,  was  made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Ice Road,  her novel set in  the Leningrad of 1933 and running up into that city's war-time siege, was short-listed for the 2004 Orange Prize for fiction. Her most recent novel Black Orchids  tells the story of a family who move from the Ceylon of the 1950s into an inhospitable England.  Her 2004 co-written play, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, was nominated for an Olivier Award.

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30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


17 Jun 2009 00:00 - 00:00



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