Wednesday 6 March
In 100 days in 1994, 800,000 Rwandans were murdered in their streets, homes, schools, and churches by other Rwandans, while the world stood by. Nöel Zihabamwe was a young Tutsi boy living in southern Rwanda at the time. With James Roy, Nöel’s experiences became the story of Pascal, and the award-winning young adult novel One Thousand Hills was born.
In conversation with Dr Ari Lander, James and Nöel will discuss their book, how it came about, and what it tells us about the wrongs of the past and the challenges of the future, in a world that seems obsessed with identity politics and marginalising “the other”.
James Roy is the award-winning author of over 35 books for young people. Prizes his books have won or been nominated for include the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s History Prize, the WA Premier’s Book Prize, the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, and the German Youth Literature Prize. He travels widely here and abroad to speak about his work, and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney.
Nöel Zihabmwe is co-author of One Thousand Hills, which won the 2016 NSW Premier’s Young History award and the 2018 The NSW Premier’s Young Literature Awards. Nöel holds degrees in the fields of social welfare, policy and Social research obtained from Western Sydney University and Macquarie University. In 2015, Nöel was also awarded a Community Services & Leadership Award by Western Sydney University. Nöel is the Current Chairman of the Rwandan Community of NSW.