Amnesty International Event

Christy Lefteri & Mike Thomson - Books & Bees: Hope and Survival in War-Torn Syria

Mon 7 Oct
20:00 - 21:00
The Guildhall

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Caroline Frost


Christy Lefteri, bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo, and BBC World Affairs correspondent Mike Thomson discuss the triumph of the human spirit in the most devastating of circumstances. 

Lefteri, the child of Cypriot refugees, drew on her own experience as a volunteer at a refugee centre in Athens to write her debut novel, which follows beekeeper Nuri and his wife Afra, as they flee bombed-out Aleppo for an uncertain future in Britain. 

 In Syria’s Secret LibraryThomson tells the extraordinary true story of how the people of a besieged Syrian town found hope and inspiration in a secret underground library, risking their lives to save books from destruction and to bring hope to a fractured society.


Hugely inspiring
— Michael Palin, Commenting on Syria's Secret Library