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Behrouz Boochani Behrouz Boochani i(9688668 works by)
Gender: Male
Heritage: Kurdish
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1 Flower Love Behrouz Boochani , 2021 single work prose
— Appears in: Long Paddock , November vol. 79 no. 2 2021;
1 Siege Hass Hassaballa , Samad Abdul , Behrouz Boochani , Mohamad Adam , Walid Zazai , Shaminda Kanapathi , 2021 single work prose
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 79 no. 2 2021; (p. 267-290)
'On 31 October 2017, the Australian Government announced that they were going to relocate more than 600 refugees from Manus prison camp in Lombrum to three new camps in another part of Manus Island. The refugees refused to leave the prison camp because they said we will not allow them to relocate us to new prison camps after four and half years of imprisonment. We demand freedom. Staff from the private companies paid by Australia to run the prison at that time, Wilson Security, IHMS (International Health Medical Services) and Broadspectrum, left the camp and the refugees were left without food, water, power or medical facilities for 23 days.' (Introduction)
1 Vavan Behrouz Boochani , 2021 single work short story
— Appears in: Griffith Review , no. 74 2021;
1 Many Prisons, Many Borders, Many Islands : Spicy’s Story Behrouz Boochani , Omid Tofighian , 2021 single work prose
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , March 2021;
1 When We Talk About Time Tara June Winch , Behrouz Boochani , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 79 no. 4 2020;
1 Writing Through Fences Behrouz Boochani , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19-25 September 2020;

'A Facebook message seven years ago prompted poet and activist Janet Galbraith to found a writing group that brought hope and connection to refugees. “It was formed out of the relationships between human beings, reaching through prison fences and beyond borders.” By Behrouz Boochani.' 

1 Forgive Me My Love i "Forgive me my bird as I am not able to embrace you", Behrouz Boochani , Moones Mansoubi (translator), 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Solid Air : Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word 2019; (p. 25-26) Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 10 no. 1 2020; (p. 6-7)
1 The Black Kite i "Over Manus Island", Behrouz Boochani , Ali Parsaei (translator), 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Sky Falls Down : An Anthology of Loss 2019; (p. 210)
1 Manus Prison Theory : Borders, Incarceration and Collective Agency Omid Tofighian , Behrouz Boochani , 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Griffith Review , August no. 65 2019;
'Shortly after the release of No Friend but the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison (Picador, 2018), both Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian, author and translator, engaged in a public discussion (18 November 2018) at the Coventry Library in Stirling, Adelaide Hills, organised by the Adelaide Vigil for Manus and Nauru. Behrouz was speaking via Skype from Manus, and Omid was in Australia while on leave from teaching at the American University in Cairo. This article is an edited version of that conversation – the first time the two explored the central issues raised by the book and the accompanying translator’s essays.' (Publication summary)
1 ‘The Boats Are Coming’ Is One of the Greatest Lies Told to the Australian People Behrouz Boochani , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 July 2019;

'Over the years the policy of imprisoning refugees could have easily been overturned but there are still political and financial gains to be made.' (Article summary)

1 Behrouz Boochani's Literary Prize Acceptance Speech – Full Transcript Behrouz Boochani , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 February 2019;

'This is a transcript of the speech Behrouz Boochani delivered via video link on 31 January 2019'

1 Flight from Manus i "Awake", Behrouz Boochani , Omid Tofighian (translator), 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 409 2019; (p. 7)
1 y separately published work icon Until We Are All Free Behrouz Boochani , Alex Mankiewicz (illustrator), Australia : Trees of Shade , 2018 22580449 2018 single work graphic novel

'A 26 page graphic non-fiction narrative depicting Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani's early life, attempted journeys to Australia, and incarceration in a detention camp on Manus Island. Based on interviews via WhatsApp, conducted by Positive/Negatives, and Boochani's own journalism.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 The Last Days in Manus Prison Behrouz Boochani , Omid Tofighian , 2018 single work prose
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 77 no. 4 2018; (p. 32-45)

'On 31 October 2017 the Australian Government officially closed down the Manus Island immigration detention centre in Lombrum and ordered PNG authorities to evict the incarcerated refugees. The detainees refused to move to another prison camp and demanded freedom. A 23-day siege began with water, food, electricity and other services discontinued or shut off. The following dialogue between Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian through Whatsapp voice/text messaging communicates the anticipation of various acts of resistance leding up to the closure and the articles written and translated with urgency during that period.' (Introduction)

2 40 y separately published work icon No Friend but the Mountains : Writing From Manus Prison No Friend but the Mountains : The True Story of an Illegally Imprisoned Refugee Behrouz Boochani , Omid Tofighian (translator), Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 14342605 2018 selected work prose

'Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

'Since 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

'People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

'This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

'Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains? '  (Publication summary)

1 Manus Prison Poetics/our Voice : Revisiting ‘A Letter From Manus Island’, a Reply to Anne Surma Behrouz Boochani , 2018 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 32 no. 4 2018; (p. 527-531)

'Even if there were only one person reading my writings beyond this island, I would continue writing for that one reader.

'Dear Anne,

'This here is a pledge, a personal commitment. I made this pact with myself five years ago, during a time when no one knew where Manus Prison was. And now, after five years, I honestly cannot hide my feelings of joy. I cannot contain the satisfaction and pleasure it gives me to know that there are people in the public sphere and among intellectual circles who critically analyse what Australia is doing on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and the Republic of Nauru (Repubrikin Naoero) from philosophical and historical perspectives. After numerous years of writing from Manus Prison, my work has slowly entered public discourse and scholarly debate. I have discovered people who draw on these writings as foundations for serious academic research, and for me, this is the beginning of new initiatives and future approaches.'  (Introduction)

1 Chanting of Crickets, Ceremonies of Cruelty : A Mythic Topography of Manus Prison Behrouz Boochani , 2017 extract autobiography
— Appears in: Island , no. 150 2017; (p. 88-115)
1 4 A Letter from Manus Island Behrouz Boochani , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 9-15 December no. 186 2017;

'After four years of detention on Manus Island, the author writes a poet’s manifesto for the refugee resistance in which he has found himself to be a central figure. By Behrouz Boochani.'

1 The Women of Kurdistan i "I will talk to you of Kurdistan and mountains, of beautiful trees and rare", Behrouz Boochani , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Writing to the Wire 2016; (p. 197)
1 [Untitled] i "Here, in the neighbourhood of the people who stare for twenty-four hours", Behrouz Boochani , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , November no. 56.0 2016; Southerly , vol. 79 no. 2 2021; (p. 182)