Series in which writers reflect on the meaning of freedom.



Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie brandishes her writer's passport and asks if it necessary for a writer to travel widely in order to unleash their imagination - or can they explore universal human experience wherever it occurs? Is a writer's internal freedom of the mind enough?


Benjamin Markovits considers the freedom of the immigrant in Britain.

Half-German, half-American, part-Christian, part-Jewish, Ben has never felt fully rooted in a single culture or completely implicated in the society around him.

To many, this might sound like the crisis of modern immigration: a failure to integrate.

But for Ben the writer, there is freedom in being rootless in a new place - a freedom which is far from the isolation it is often associated with.


Ukrainian novelist Andrei Kourkov - famed for his often surreal and blackly comic evocation of post-Soviet reality - reflects on the meaning of freedom in his home country both before and after the collapse of Communism.


Richard Rai O'Neill reflects on the Romany philosophy of freedom - both the ideal and the reality.

Born into a large Romany family in 1962, Richard's grandmother taught him that a Romany life was about freedom in order to enjoy health and love.

He also explores a more pragmatic aspect to Romany philosophy that says that in a tough financial period, it's time to move on to a different place as a new place brings new luck.

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