War Gardens

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Thu 2nd May 2019 Start Time: 4:00 pm End Time: 5:00 pm

Stratford Play House

£10 (£8 students)


Award-winning photo-journalist, writer and filmmaker, Lalage Snow has covered war and unrest in the Middle East and Afghanistan since 2007, making Kabul her home for over five years. Talking about her book War Gardens, she’ll take us on a journey through Afghanistan, Gaza, the West Bank, Israel and The Ukraine, exploring private gardens tended to by civilians caught up in conflict and the universal search for peace. Illustrated with Lally Snow’s stunning photography, this book will introduce you to the oases of peace created in the midst of war.

‘A remarkable book . . . It’s a powerful testament to the healing balm of gardening and the resilience of the human spirit in the direst of circumstances.’ Financial Times

‘Not a happy book and yet it’s magically heartening. It makes a gardener question his or her values.’ The Times

‘This extraordinary book…warm and engaging…like a photograph magicked to life.Spectator

‘Snow has spent ten years as a photographer and filmmaker covering unrest . . . Throughout that time she has sought comfort in green oases and come to understand “how vital gardens are ‘against a horrid wilderness’ of war”. . . There can be few counter-narratives as enchanting and sad as those Snow recounts in War Gardens.’ Times Literary Supplement

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