Travellers Tales: new places, new challenges

Travellers Tales: new places, new challenges

Sat 23 Feb 2019, 13:45 to 14:45
£5 / £10 supporter
City Art Centre
2 Market St
EH1 1DE Edinburgh

Women travel for many reasons: discovering new places, fleeing violence, seeking education, making a family. Travel can bring spiritual awakening and new opportunities, but also the challenges of different cultures and “being a stranger”. Making a new life elsewhere, whether by choice or force of circumstance, takes courage and daring.

Our three conversationalists explore the meanings and challenges of travel, how new places have enriched their lives and challenged their identity. Debora Kayembe is a human rights lawyer who left the Democratic Republic of Congo as a refugee. Tamsin Grainger goes "walking without a donkey". Victoria Lanata Briones' family has been crossing borders for 150 years.

Come and share the pleasures and paradoxes of forging a new life or balancing the tensions of being far away from your family and putting down new roots. Expect challenges to your own perceptions of travel, and new ways of understanding how we relate to our “home” and identify with our culture. 

Event Leader

Debora B F Kayembe

Debora  is an international lawyer and human rights worker. She travelled to England seeking asylum from the Democratic Republic of Congo, then moved to Scotland to escape domestic violence and develop a new career.

Tamsin Grainger

Tamsin spends half the year walking pilgrimage, writing and teaching abroad. She set out one October morning seeking renewed passion and the essence of her younger self - life is once again intriguing.

Victoria Lanata Briones

Victoria's family has been crossing oceans and borders for over 150 years, so it's no surprise she has spent much of her life living "somewhere else". She has been in Edinburgh for the past ten years, and since 2016 has supported other newcomers to Scotland at the Welcoming Centre.

Geraldine Wooley

Geraldine has never quite settled down. She spent twenty years being a foreigner in Belgium, then moved to Scotland (another foreign country!). She recently spent four months living part-time in Poland, so knows the challenges of making a home “elsewhere”.