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Where Do You Stand? with John Dennehy, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh & Yann W. Tanoé

with John Dennehy, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh & Yann W. Tanoé

Do you feel like your voice is lost in the crowd? Does the onslaught of social media overwhelm you? Challenge yourself and your ideas in this lively, interactive event designed to make you stand up and listen, share your beliefs and positively engage with change. Three activists, three different opinions, one question to divide the room: where do you stand?

Part of the Handover Literary Festival of Social Activism, a one-day event at Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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About the speakers

John Dennehy grew up in New York but left the country when George Bush was re-elected. For six years he lived in the developing world before returning to New York where he works for the United Nations. He has an MA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of East Anglia (England) and is frequently published in places such as VICE, Guardian, Narratively and The DiplomatIllegal: A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders is his first book.

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh is an award-winning independent theatre maker born in Iran and now based in Scotland part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Scale of Female Ambition. Over Nazli’s career in venues and touring she has developed a strong leadership role in producing diverse theatre in the UK, in particular, looking at themes of the Middle East and the lives of women. She also led on Creative Case NORTH, which is a re-imagining of Arts Council England’s approach to diversity and equality. She is an International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Fellow. She is currently writing a new version of the ancient Greek tragedy Medea.

Yann W. Tanoé is a multicultural French author/Publisher of Ivorian, Ghanaian and Lebanese origins. He utilises his frank, emotive and poetic writing style to empower his readers with a motivational message of consciousness. He is the founder of SunBird Enterprises, an international social enterprise which has for aim to improve education through his own bespoke educational curriculum. He lives Suffolk, England. Website


The Engage! Handover festival is a project funded by creative Europe, managed by the National Centre for Writing. The NCW programme team have been supporting a group of 15 x 14-17-year-olds from across Norfolk, to design and deliver a literary festival in a day on the theme of social activism. The group has taken a lead in all parts of the process, from inviting artists, to marketing and budgeting and finding a venue. It’s been an exciting year taking this group of inspiring young people on the programming journey and they are full of innovative ideas and creative energy, paving the way for more young people to take on the arts scene and keep the torch burning.

Engage! is a collaborative project between four UNESCO cities of literature around Europe – Barcelona (Spain), Krakow (Poland), Växjö (Sweden) and Norwich (UK). Find out more


In partnership with National Centre for Writing.

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