In Conversation: Dr Esa Aldegheri and Beth Bate
Join DCA director Beth Bate for a conversation with writer, researcher, and educator Dr Esa Aldegheri. Jumping off from her recent book _Free To Go _- which we will be covering as part of our DCA reading group _In The Evening There is Feeling [https://www.dca.org.uk/whats-on/event/in-the-evening-there-is-feeling-reading-akwugo-emejulu-and-esa-aldegheri] _- this conversation will explore the ideas and waters that flow between the exhibitions and Dr Aldegheri’s work. We will touch upon ideas of identity and migration, intercultural connectivity, shared histories, waters and post-colonial practices, as well as shifting borders swallowed by both policy and the sea.
Dr Esa Aldegheri is a multilingual writer, educator and researcher with a PhD in community education and migration studies. She works as a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. Her non-fiction debut _Free to Go_ (John Murray Press, 2022) moves beyond the parameters of a simple travel narrative to explore different aspects of freedom and borders, both geopolitical and personal. It is a story about travelling from Orkney to New Zealand on a motorbike shared with a willing companion, interwoven with a parallel tale of diminished liberties linked to the author’s experiences of motherhood, Brexit and pandemic restrictions. Esa’s non-fiction writing has also been published by Granta, Gutter Press, the Dangerous Women Project and others. Her poetry has been read on Radio 4 and Radio Scotland and features in several anthologies. She is from Scotland and Italy, and lives by the sea near Edinburgh.
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