Friday, 7 January 2011

Workshop: Make History: An Unauthorized Biography of the World

Saturday, January 22nd, 1-4pm

An exploration with Michael Riordon, writer/documentary-maker/oral historian. His recent book, An Unauthorized Biography of the World, documents the recovery of silenced voices in several countries, including Palestine. Michael will illustrate oral history in action with audio excerpts from interviews he recorded in the Middle East for his new book, Our Way to Fight: peace-work under siege in Israel-Palestine.

We'll explore the whys and hows of drawing out life histories – negotiating trust, then recording, preserving, and sharing these vital resources. Please bring: your own voice, your history, and your imagination.

This exploration may evolve into a longer-term community project to ensure that the stories of Nakba survivors in the Toronto area live on.

Michael Riordon works in print (books and articles), film, video and radio documentaries, plays for stage, radio and the street. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices/stories of people(s) erased from the official version. Each adds an essential fragment to the human story, our collective work-in-progress. Michael also leads courses and workshops on how to do this work.

His forthcoming book, Our Way to Fight, explores the hazardous lives of people fighting for peace, justice and human rights on both sides of the wall in Israel-Palestine. It will be released in January 2011 by Pluto Press and Between the Lines. Visit: Blog:

Books by Michael Riordon are available for sale at Beit Zatoun.

Need to know:
- $10 for the workshop
- Sorry, not wheelchair accessible

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway)

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