Zaoui joins hu­man rights line-up

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Ahmed Zaoui is among poets per­form­ing at an evening to mark Courage Day in Auck­land next Satur­day.

The in­ter­na­tional event com­mem­o­rates writ­ers who have been im­pris­oned for speak­ing out against hu­man rights in­jus­tices.

The day is named for James Courage, whose books were banned for their ho­mo­sex­ual con­tent.

An In­de­pen­dent Mind, a doc­u­men­tary by Rex Bloom­stein, will be screened by branches of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Au- thors around the coun­try. The film will be screened at the Pon­sonby Com­mu­nity Cen­tre dur­ing an evening of mu­sic, po­etry and pol­i­tics.

Or­gan­iser Sue Gee says telling sto­ries can help build bridges across po­lit­i­cal, eth­nic and cul­tural di­vides.

Per­form­ers in­clude tabla play­ers, Chi­nese opera singers, Latin mu­si­cians and lo­cal poets.

Mr Zaoui, who was im­pris­oned for two years af­ter be­ing deemed a se­cu­rity risk by New Zealand au­thor­i­ties, is now study­ing English at AUT and will read in Ara­bic. Other poets to read in­clude Selina Marsh, Rose­mary Men­zies, Mua Strick­son Pua and Tracey Tawhiao.

The film screens at 5.30pm fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion, with mu­sic, po­etry and pol­i­tics to fol­low at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are $25 and can be bought from the Women’s Book­shop, Pon­sonby Rd, or phone Sue Gee on 836-3099.

Lim­ited door sales will be avail­able at the com­mu­nity cen­tre, 20 Pon­sonby Tce.

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