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  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)
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Join us for the launch of The Enlightenment of the Greenage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, to be launched by Baden Offord, Director, Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education.

This book is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Using the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling, Azar draws the reader deep into the heart of a family caught in the maelstrom of post-revolutionary chaos and brutality that sweeps across an ancient land and its people. Exquisitely written, Azar is the consummate storyteller, using the panoply of Persian mythical and mystical entities to bring life, humour, hope, resignation, and profound insights to the characters and their world. It is simultaneously confronting and transcendent; weaving through the cruel and banal are the philosophical and existential illuminations that for the reader, are intensely affecting.

SHOKOOFEH AZAR was born in Iran in 1972, just 7 years before the Islamic revolution. She studied literature at high school and university, later working as a journalist for an independent newspaper for 14 years. As well as having numerous short stories, reports, interviews and articles published in the Iranian media, her other publications include two collections of short stories: one children’s book; and a Companion in Writing and Editing Essays in the Persian Literary Encyclopedia, which won the prize for The Best Book in Iran in 1997. In 2011, with independent reporting increasingly coming under threat, Shokoofeh was forced to leave Iran with her family and was accepted as a political refugee by Australia. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is Azar’s first novel to be translated into English.

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By Train : from Perth Station it is a 12-15 minute walk to the Centre for Stories.

By Bus : from Perth Busport it is also a 12-15 minute walk to Centre for Stories.

Driving: there are lots of carparks within walking distance

(i) Wilson Parking just behind us, entry off Errichetti Place which is off Zempilas Lane which runs between Newcastle Street or Aberdeen Streets. Cost: $11.00 for 1-2 hour and $2.00 per hour thereafter.

(ii) City of Perth Carpark, runs across two streets and can be entered via 104 Francis Street or 121 Aberdeen Street is a five minute walk to the Centre. Cost : $4 per hour.

(iii) City of Perth State Library Carpark on 15 Francis Street, Perth. Cost : $4 per hour.

Please see parking map below.

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