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Hamid and Shakespeare
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Hamid and Shakespeare (Paperback)

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As we move between the 21st and 16th centuries, Shakespeare introduces Hamid both to a promised new land, and to a series of well-known plays through which Hamid tells his own experiences: of interrogation, of his journey from home: crossing the sea, getting lost in the forest, his months spent in the Calais 'jungle', and his arrival in the UK in the back of a refrigerated lorry. In turn, Shakespeare teaches Hamid how to speak English, shows the correct behavior when travelling on the London underground, and gives him a helping hand at the Home Office.

From light to dark and back again, it's a relationship of humour, exasperation and great humanity as Shakespeare and Hamid become the guides to each other's worlds, both father and son, and teacher and student.

'Through this project I want to change the way the refugee experience is understood. I want to demonstrate how different cultures can live together through the exchange of dialogue and share with readers the stories of refugees, and the experiences many of us have gone through. As well as the difficulties, I want the story to demonstrate how humour and hope can be found in every situation, and that friendships can be made between all people despite cultural differences. It will be about British heritage as well as Iranian culture.'

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: plays & playwrightsShakespeare studies & criticismFiction & PoetryGraphic NovelsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesRefugees & political asylum Publisher: Myriad Editions Publication Date: 23/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9781912408801  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Majid Adin is an artist and animator from Iran, now living in West Hampstead. He was forced to leave his home country, having been briefly imprisoned and politically exiled from Tehran after his blog upset the regime. He journeyed through Europe, spent several months in the Calais 'jungle', and after many attempts to make the crossing, finally arrived in the UK in a refrigerated van on 20th April 2016, coinciding with celebrations for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. While in Calais, Majid encountered GoodChance theatre company, and took up his drawing pen again for the first time in ten years. Following his arrival in the UK, GoodChance and other organisations helped Adin pursue his profession, and in 2017 he won a competition to produce an animation for a music video to illustrate Elton John's song 'Rocket Man', with a tale about a lonely astronaut travelling across continents to a new home in England. Majid is now working on the graphic novel with the support of a grant from Arts Council England. Recent work includes projects with Good Chance, Art Refuge UK, Positives Negatives, Help Refugees and the House of Illustration. In spring 2019 he completed a residency at the Venice Biennale, curated by Ai Weiwei.

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