Sun 07 Nov 2021

Hassan Akkad, Hope Not Fear

Talks + Stroud Book Festival
Hassan Akkad, Hope Not Fear
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 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