Winner of multiple awards, including the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction, the Victorian Prize for Literature, and Amnesty International 2017 Media Award, Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, writer and filmmaker.
Behrouz founded the Kurdish language magazine Weya, and is an Honorary Member of PEN International.
He holds a Masters degree in political geography and geopolitics.
In 2013, Behrouz fled Iran and became a political prisoner of the Australian Government.
He was incarcerated in the Manus Regional Processing Centre (Papua New Guinea) until its closure in 2017, and has remained on Manus Island since then.
His memoir, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, was tapped out on a mobile phone in a series of single messages over time and translated from Persian into English by Omid Tofighian.
Behrouz Boochani will be appearing on Sunday in No Friend But the Mountains at The Carrington.