Sunday 7th November, 16.00 - 17.00


Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Hassan will now be joining us via Zoom at the venue. We hope you will still be keen to join us at the Subscription Rooms for what is sure to be a compelling event.

Otherwise, we will be happy to exchange your ticket for another of our Stroud Book Festival events (Subject to availability) or offer a refund.

Thank you for supporting Stroud Book Festival.

At the inaugural Stroud Book Festival in 2016, we hosted a sell-out event with film-maker, activist and Syrian refugee Hassan Akkad in which he spoke movingly about his perilous journey to the UK, captured in the BAFTA–award winning documentary, “Exodus”. 

Five years on, we are honoured to welcome Hassan back to Stroud to mark the publication of his memoir “Hope Not Fear: Finding My Way From Refugee to Filmmaker to NHS Hospital Cleaner” in which he takes us from the jasmine-scented streets of his Damascus childhood, to London, where he worked on the NHS frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst he has experienced much that is harrowing, his is also a story of finding “compassion, bravery and empathy in the most unlikely of places”.  

Chaired by Cynthia Jefferies 

Venue: Subscription Rooms, Stroud

Tickets: £10

Buy Tickets

Buy the Book

Can you help?

Social Media

Subscribe to us